The social ontology of virtual environments.

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This paper analyzes the ontological structure of institutional and other social entities in virtual environments. The emphasis is on institutional reality, which consists of entities (objects, events, etc.) like money, contracts, and chess pieces, which are constituted in part through collective agreements. It is studied how institutional entities are constructed in virtual environments, how they relate to institutional entities in the real world, and how they are recognized by users.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)269-282
JournalAmerican journal of economics and sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • IR-58554
  • METIS-213953

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