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Anthropology of the internet Dutch Version

- Building Blocks of a CyberAnthropology -

Albert Benschop
University of Amsterdam

A Stateless Society?

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A Stateless Society?

The rumour goes that the internet is an ‘anarchistic bunch’ where everybody just does what he or she wants to do. Supposedly it is an ‘unorganized mess’ in which only chaos rules. Many qualifications and disqualifications have been considered to define the kind of society in this new virtual world. From the perspective of an cultural-anthropologist, the internet looks like a kind of tribal society without a state.

The self-organizing virtual communities have much in common with traditional tribes. These virtual tribes communities constitute a new kind of socal reality that has no physical bounderies, no territory that is controlled and defended by the force and laws of a single nation-state, and no single or world government to regulate these new social relations, networks, and communities.

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Some anthropologists know how to put the questions for a cyberanthropology:

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dr. Albert Benschop
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Sociology & Anthropology University of Amsterdam
Published: December, 1997
Last modified: 13th September, 2013