Over only a few decades, digital gaming has become a major global leisure activity that now rivals the movie and music sectors. Due to this increasingly widespread popularity, gaming has in recent years become the focus of increased academic interest and activity, but still little is know about those who play digital games.
Online Gaming in Context is the first book to explicitly and comprehensively address how digital games are experienced and engaged with in the everyday lives, social networks, and consumer patterns of those who play them. In doing so, the book provides a key introduction to the study of gamers and the games they play, whilst also reflecting on the current debates and literatures surrounding the virtual world.
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Garry Crawford is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Salford, UK. His teaching and research primarily focus upon audiences, fan cultures and the everyday uses of media technologies. He is the author of Consuming Sport (2004), and the co-author of the second edition of Introducing Cultural Studies (2008, with B. Longhurst, G. Smith, G. Bagnall, and M. Osborn) and the Sage Dictionary of Leisure Studies (forthcoming 2009, with T. Blackshaw).
Victoria K. Gosling is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Salford, UK. Her teaching and research interests encompass gender, urban regeneration, social exclusion, leisure, popular culture and digital games. She is the current editor of the British Sociological Association newsletter Network, an editorial board member for the journal Sociology, and the former post-graduate forum convenor of the BSA.
Ben Light is Professor of Digital Media in the School of Media, Music and Performance, and a member of the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Centre at the University of Salford, UK. His current research interests centre on analysing the development and use of social media in everyday life.
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