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Escapism in to the Virtual World: A study on the accumulation of Bourdieu’s forms of capital in online games
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to present the characteristics and functions of Bourdieu’s forms of capital;economic, cultural, social and symbolic capital in large online social games genre called Massive multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPG). This is done in order to determine if these are reproduced in an online society consisting of thousands of players, which of the forms of capital are of outmost importance and how the accumulation of these affect the players lives using qualitative methods. Results show that the forms of capital in-game carry similar characteristics to the accumulation of such in the real world but are not transferable to the real world to the same extent. Which of the forms of capital was most of importance than others was not evident from the results, however, the empirical material shows of an interrelationship between the accumulation of capital between the dimensions; real world and game world.

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2015. , 52 p.
Keyword [en]
MMORPG, the forms of capital, field, avatar, escapism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29219OAI: diva2:895499
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-01-19 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2016-01-19Bibliographically approved

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