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Beyond Reality: Deviance in Synthetic Social Universes

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World of Warcraft is a world that never sleeps, a micro-society where people from around the globe meet and live adventures together. In real life they are students, entrepreneurs, workers, but in those worlds they can personify warlords, wizards, space pirates, knights, elfs, gnomes, etc. World of Warcraft is a social synthetic universe (SSU), a virtual site of social interaction for millions of users. And as is the case with any form of social group, SSUs are also sites of deviance and delinquency. In this paper, we want to study the interactions between SSU users, administrators and owners with regards to various forms of virtual delinquency. First, we categorize delinquent acts that occur in SSUs. Second, we present the results of interviews we have conducted with ten "delinquents" who are active in World of Warcraft. Finally, we confront this type of delinquency with the theory of control developed by Hirschi and Gottfredson.
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Gagnon, Benoit. "Beyond Reality: Deviance in Synthetic Social Universes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372427_index.html>

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Gagnon, B. "Beyond Reality: Deviance in Synthetic Social Universes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372427_index.html

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Abstract: World of Warcraft is a world that never sleeps, a micro-society where people from around the globe meet and live adventures together. In real life they are students, entrepreneurs, workers, but in those worlds they can personify warlords, wizards, space pirates, knights, elfs, gnomes, etc. World of Warcraft is a social synthetic universe (SSU), a virtual site of social interaction for millions of users. And as is the case with any form of social group, SSUs are also sites of deviance and delinquency. In this paper, we want to study the interactions between SSU users, administrators and owners with regards to various forms of virtual delinquency. First, we categorize delinquent acts that occur in SSUs. Second, we present the results of interviews we have conducted with ten "delinquents" who are active in World of Warcraft. Finally, we confront this type of delinquency with the theory of control developed by Hirschi and Gottfredson.


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