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Offer, wanted, taken: Laramie Freecycle and the redefinition of everyday meanings of citizenship


2010 2010

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This thesis discusses Laramie Freecycle and how it redefines the everyday meanings of (American) citizenship. Laramie Freecycle is an online community in which members can offer or receive objects for free. In this study, Laramie Freecycle is examined as a single online community based in Laramie, Wyoming and as part of The Freecycle Network (the “global” Freecycle group) by using online and offline ethnography.

In this thesis, I argue that by complicating the meaning of space (local-global, physical-virtual) and objects, Laramie Freecycle forms alternative agencies that try to push forward the individual interests into community participation. Freecycle redefines the way citizenship is practiced in daily lives by giving the individuals the agency to reshape the boundaries between public and private selves, while showing that the boundaries themselves are continually contested and redefined from within and outside the group, thus creating the “in-betweens” (inter-est) of private and public pursuits.

Indexing (details)


Subject
American studies;
Web Studies;
Mass communications
Classification
0323: American studies
0646: Web Studies
0708: Mass communications
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Citizenship; Community; Ethnography; Freecycle; Internet; Laramie
Title
Offer, wanted, taken: Laramie Freecycle and the redefinition of everyday meanings of citizenship
Author
Sari, Pamela Kristina
Number of pages
154
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0264
Source
MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124025759
Advisor
Knobloch, Frieda E.
Committee member
Adelt, Ulrich; Gabrielson, Teena J.
University/institution
University of Wyoming
Department
American Studies
University location
United States -- Wyoming
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1477107
ProQuest document ID
518917295
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/518917295
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