Online Belongings

Fantasy, Affect and Web Communities

by Debra Ferreday (Author)
Monographs VIII, 244 Pages


What does it mean to ‘belong’ to an online community? What happens to the body in cyberspace? How has the Internet been theorised: as a site of liberation, duplicity, threat?
In her reading of cyberculture studies after the affective turn, the author argues for a new cyberculture studies that goes beyond dominant cultural narratives of the Internet as dystopian or utopian space, and pays attention to the ways in which online culture has become embedded in everyday lives. The book intervenes in narratives of virtual reality to propose that the Internet can be re-read as a space of fantasy.
This book draws on readings of the everyday, taken-for-granted sites of digital culture that have often been overlooked by cyberculture studies. Specific themes include religious fundamentalist sites and hate speech, online mourning, vampire homepages, virtual fashion and food shopping sites, and pro-anorexic communities. The book is attentive to the continuities and disruptions between online and offline experience. The author examines the ways in which bodies, subjects and communities are produced and reproduced through the stories we tell about online belongings.


VIII, 244
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (November)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. VIII, 244 pp.

Biographical notes

Debra Ferreday (Author)

The Author: Debra Ferreday is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University. She received her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from the Institute for Women’s Studies at Lancaster. She has published on cyberculture studies, cultural theory and feminist theory.


Title: Online Belongings