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What Cyberspace? Traveling Concepts in Internet Research


Derived from cybernetics-the study of communications and control in machines and organic systems-cyberspace is examplary of how terminology travels across national and disciplinary boundaries, crossing different genres and contexts of writing and publishing in the process. As terms travel, they are reworked, debated, and redefi ned. Drawing on Mieke Bal’s work on traveling concepts, this chapter investigates the travels and meanings of cyberspace as a research concept, as well as the kinds of shifts that have occurred during its voyages from casual use to research practices and back again.2 Using the Finnish context as a point of departure and comparison, the chapter investigates the applicability of Anglo-American conceptualizations and the kinds of Internets that they give rise to.