Inhabiting Cyberspace and Emerging Cyberplaces

The Case of Siena, Italy

  • Tobias Boos

Part of the Geographies of Media book series (GOM)

About this book


This book explores the concept of cyberplace as a mode of inhabiting the contemporary world. As a result, it suggests that, for many communities, unlocking cyberspace and inhabiting cyberplaces is now an integral part of their coming-to-the-globalised-world. 

Boos reviews in the detail the existing academic literature from cultural anthropology, human geography, and sociology on “cyberspace”, concluding that a phenomenological perspective on cyberspace provides the possibility of gaining a deep understanding of our contemporary lifeworlds, in which on- and offline practices constantly intermingle. In four chapters, he applies the developed theoretical and methodological approaches to the case of Siena’s neighbourhoods, the contrade, analysing their websites and discussing the implications of his findings for understanding contemporary processes of community building and for future research on cyberspace.

This concise and accessible book will be of interest to advanced students and scholars in cultural anthropology, human geography, media studies and sociology.


Cyberspace Internet Community Space and place social geography cultural geography Siena Neighbourhoods

Authors and affiliations

  • Tobias Boos
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeographyJohannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany

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