Nerdy, Trendy or Healthy? Configuring the Internet Café

New Media & Society 5 (3), 357-377 doi: 10.1177/14614448030053004

Posted: 17 Nov 2012

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Anne Sofie Lægran

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

James K Stewart

Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh; European Union - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

This article analyses how internet cafés, understood as technosocial spaces, are configured in the intersection of human and non-human actants. Based on empirical studies in Scotland and Norway, the article shows how internet cafés are not just adapting a universal concept in the process of configuration, but that some shared images are played with in different ways. The nerdy, trendy and healthy are translocal images that are played with in the configuration process, creating locally specific and embedded spaces. The article further looks at the various ways the internet is used in the cafés, identifying two forms of extenders, as well as players, who in different ways create new social spaces based on the internet café. The article concludes that the internet café is neither a footloose space nor entirely locally embedded, but that spaces are configured in the intersection of translocal images and local circumstances.

Keywords: configuration, cybercafé, internet, café, Norway, Scotland, technosocial, space, inclusion

Suggested Citation

Lægran, Anne Sofie and Stewart, James K., Nerdy, Trendy or Healthy? Configuring the Internet Café (2003). New Media & Society 5 (3), 357-377 doi: 10.1177/14614448030053004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176753

Anne Sofie Lægran

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) ( email )

Trondheim NO-7491
Norway

James K. Stewart (Contact Author)

Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old Surgeons Hall
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1LZ
United Kingdom

European Union - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) ( email )

Edificio Expo, C
Inca Garcilaso, s/n
Sevilla, E-41092
Spain

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