... Lacan's characterization of the psyche informs a reading of virtual and actual, pointing to the experience of the virtual as taking place in bodyminds.
THE EMERGENCE OF VIRTUAL HARBIN vis-a-vis ACTUAL HARBIN
One aim of this book is ethnographic: to write an ethnography of actual and virtual Harbin Hot Springs, comparing and contrasting them. Another is anthropologically methodological: to examine ways in which ethnographic fieldwork may inform an interpretation of 'the virtual' in relation to a specific place in northern California – Harbin Hot Springs. Here the making of virtual Harbin vis-a-vis actual Harbin gives form to a set of methodological questions that are unexplored in the discipline of anthropology, which this book articulates and examines. Another aim of this book is theoretical: to further an anthropological inquiry into questions concerning culture/counterculture, vis-a-vis actual and virtual Harbin Hot Springs. (In the process, this book also comes into conversation with Tom Boellstorff's “Coming of Age in Second Life: An nthropologist Explores the Virtually Human.”)
The Making of Virtual Harbin as Ethnographic Fieldsite emerges ...
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/flight-of-snow-geese-virtual-harbins.html - June 26, 2010)