Cyberidentities at War
Fig. 1. Cyberidentities at War. Courtesy of Berghahn Books, 2013.

Berghahn Books published a book titled "Cyberidentities at War: The Moluccan Conflict on the Internet" written by Birgit Bräuchler from the Goethe University.

Publication Data

Bräuchler, Birgit. Cyberidentities at War: The Moluccan Conflict on the Internet. Berghahn Books, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-85745-854-4.


Conflicting parties worldwide increasingly use the Internet in a strategic way, and struggles carried out on a local level achieve a new dimension. This new kind of medialization results in a conflict’s expansion into global cyberspace. Based on ethnographic research on the online activities of Christian and Muslim actors in the Moluccan conflict (1999–2003), this study investigates processes of identity construction, community building and evolving conflict dynamics on the Internet. In contributing to conflict and Internet research, this study paves the way for a new cyberanthropology. A newly added epilogue outlines the directions in which the situation in the Moluccas has continued and discusses the advances and developments of theoretical and methodological concerns presented in the 2005 German edition.

Table of Contents

1. Cybertheoretical Foundations
2. Anthropological Internet Research and Methodology
3. The Moluccan Conflict
4. The Masariku Mailing List – An Example of an Online Community
5. The CCDA Newsletter – Online to the International Community
6. The FKAWJ Online – Jihad in Cyberspace
7. Textual and Visual Argumentation in Moluccan Cyberspace
8. Cyber Strategies
9. Cyber Actors Online and Offline
10. Cyberidentities at War – Summary, Conclusion, Perspectives

About the Author

Birgit Bräuchler teaches at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.  She is editor of Reconciling Indonesia (Routledge 2009), co-editor of Theorising Media and Practice (Berghahn Books 2010), and has published several book chapters and articles on media and cyberanthropology, conflict and peace studies, cultural rights and the revival of tradition.

To order the book online visit the Berghahn Books website.