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date: 16 October 2019

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This chapter examines issues related to the social imaginary of virtual worlds. It analyzes how common representations take shape between different stakeholders concerned with a technology and considers the imaginatively created common world required to invent and develop a technical device such as virtual reality. It also discusses how the two salient characteristics of the socio-technical imaginary emerge. These include the imaginary as a constituent element of identity and of the coherence of a human group and as offering alternatives for exploring possibilities for creating innovation.

Keywords: social imaginary, virtual worlds, technology, virtual reality, socio-technical imaginary, element of identity, innovation

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