Dot.cons: Crime, Deviance and Identity on the Internet

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Yvonne Jewkes
Routledge, 2002 - Computers - 200 pages

Cyberspace opens up infinitely new possibilities to the deviant imagination. With access to the Internet and sufficient know-how you can, if you are so inclined, buy a bride, cruise gay bars, go on a global shopping spree with someone else's credit card, break into a bank's security system, plan a demonstration in another country and hack into the Pentagon − all on the same day. In more than any other medium, time and place are transcended, undermining the traditional relationship between physical context and social situation.

This book crosses the boundaries of sociological, criminological and cultural discourse in order to explore the implications of these massive transformations in information and communication technologies for the growth of criminal and deviant identities and behaviour on the Internet. This is a book not about computers, nor about legal controversies over the regulation of cyberspace, but about people and the new patterns of human identity, behaviour and association that are emerging as a result of the communications revolution.

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transcending the dangers of corporeality
crime regulation and surveillance in cyberspace
prostitution on the Internet
secret sexual deviance in cybersociety
buying brides and babies on the Net
identity theft and the Internet
an international perspective
Chapter 8 Maestros or misogynists? Gender and the social construction of hacking
Chapter 9 Digital countercultures and the nature of electronic social and political movements
a consideration of the ethical and practical issues surrounding online research in chat rooms

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About the author (2002)

Yvonne Jewkes is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. She has written extensively on the problems of policing cybercrime as well as more generally about the relationship between new technologies, crime and deviance. Her books include Dot.cons: crime, deviance and identity on the internet (Willan, 2003) and Media and Crime (Sage, 2004). She is also cofounder and Editor of Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal and editor of Handbook on Prisons (Willan, 2007).

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