New Ways to Build the Identity in Cybercultural Contexts

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The individualising and socialising processes, which shape the identities, are being affected by the information technological revolution. Synthetic worlds, despite hardly having taken their first step towards their evolution, constitute something else than just curiosity; they have restructured human entertainment but, above all, virtual worlds represent an incursion into new social, economic, cultural and educational environments. Virtual worlds create new contexts in which the new generations socialise in groups with rules, learning intellectual skills and expressing their singularity. Virtual communities offer a whole new framework to think about the human identity in the Internet era. Hence, a new horizon opens up for the understanding of the identities, which is characterised by the predominance of the personal over the merely cultural.


Keywords: Identity, Cyberculture, Technological change, Learning
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: New Ways to Build the Identity in Cybercultural Contexts


Dr. Antonio Bernal Guerrero

Director of Research Group Gipeperse, Department of Theory and History of Education and Social Pedagogy, University of Seville
Sevilla, -, Spain

Doctor of Philosophy and Education (National Open University of Education, Madrid, Spain), with an Academic Excellence Award. Teacher of Theory of Education in the University of Seville at the Education Faculty, where he has also been the Head of the Theory and History of Education and Social Pedagogy Department. Likewise, he runs the Person’s Pedagogical Research Group in the University of Seville. He is an Expert in the National Agency of Assessment and Futurology of the Spanish Education and Science Department. He is the author and co-author of several books and numerous articles, exceeding one hundred titles. He has received on three different occasions the distinction for the Excellence in Teaching of Seville University: 2003, 2004 and 2006. At present, his researches are focused on the processes shaping the personal identity and its formative implications.

Dr. José María Fernández Batanero

Full-Time Professor of the University of Seville, University of Seville, University of Seville
Seville, Seville, Spain

Full-time Professor of the University of Seville. He has received 7th Social Application Research Award and the distinction for the Excellence in Teaching of Seville

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