My AAA papers up at Mana’o

The papers I gave at AAA are now available on Mana’o, including:

“Being In The World (Of Warcraft): Raiding, Care, And Digital Subjectivity”:
“Sustainable Development as Cargo Cult: Strange Tales of Scale Making from Melanesia and Beyond”:

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anyhoo hope you enjoy my AAA papers — please be gentle w/them, as they are just AAA papers.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

3 thoughts on “My AAA papers up at Mana’o

  1. Your “Being in the World (of Warcraft)” paper is interesting, but how could you make it through the entire paper without citing “Make Love, Not Warcraft”?

  2. Quick comment on the WarCraft paper (may try to send some more responses after finals week)–There is a lot to say about the masculine elements of gaming culture (you briefly mention a ‘sense of masculine competence’) but don’t forget there are women playing as well! We are few and often invisible, but don’t leave us out altogether.

    You make an astute point about the fact that it is the limiting, goal-oriented nature of the game that makes it worthwhile to many players, especially the more devoted ones. Looking at interface changes is an interesting way to get at that. . . I’ll have to do some more thinking about the interface issue. Thanks for some ideas to think about!

  3. I went ahead and submitted the “Being in the World (of Warcraft)” piece to Digg, since it seems like something that a large portion of Digg users (gamers, apparently) would be interested in.

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