Digital Anthropology

Digital Anthropology

'Digital anthropology', once literally unthinkable, at best a contradiction in terms, is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged subdiscipline, alongside formations like legal anthropology, medical anthropology, and economic ...

Author: Haidy Geismar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000182248

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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Digital Anthropology, 2nd Edition explores how human and digital can be explored in relation to one another within issues as diverse as social media use, virtual worlds, hacking, quantified self, blockchain, digital environmentalism and digital representation. The book challenges the prevailing moral universal of “the digital age” by exploring emergent anxieties about the global spread of new technological forms, the cultural qualities of digital experience, critically examining the intersection of the digital to new concepts and practices across a wide range of fields from design to politics. In this fully revised edition, Digital Anthropology reveals how the intense scrutiny of ethnography can overturn assumptions about the impact of digital culture and reveal its profound consequences for everyday life around the world. Combining case studies with theoretical discussion in an engaging style that conveys a passion for new frontiers of enquiry within anthropological study, this will be essential reading for students and scholars interested in theory of anthropology, media and information studies, communication studies and sociology. With a brand-new Introduction from editors Haidy Geismar and Hannah Knox, as well as an abridged version of the original Introduction by Heather Horst and Daniel Miller, in conjunction with new chapters on hacking and digitizing environments, amongst others, and fully revised chapters throughout, this will bring the field-defining overview of digital anthropology fully up to date.
Categories: Social Science

Digital Anthropology

Digital Anthropology

If there is to be such a thing as digital anthropology, we must carefully consider both component terms constituting that promising phrase. In this chapter I respond to a staggering analytical imbalance: while anthropology has long been ...

Author: Heather A. Horst

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000189506

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Anthropology has two main tasks: to understand what it is to be human and to examine how humanity is manifested differently in the diversity of culture. These tasks have gained new impetus from the extraordinary rise of the digital. This book brings together several key anthropologists working with digital culture to demonstrate just how productive an anthropological approach to the digital has already become. Through a range of case studies from Facebook to Second Life to Google Earth, Digital Anthropology explores how human and digital can be defined in relation to one another, from avatars and disability; cultural differences in how we use social networking sites or practise religion; the practical consequences of the digital for politics, museums, design, space and development to new online world and gaming communities. The book also explores the moral universe of the digital, from new anxieties to open-source ideals. Digital Anthropology reveals how only the intense scrutiny of ethnography can overturn assumptions about the impact of digital culture and reveal its profound consequences for everyday life. Combining the clarity of a textbook with an engaging style which conveys a passion for these new frontiers of enquiry, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies and sociology.
Categories: Social Science

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

anthropology are amply and ably covered elsewhere, including in this volume, so we do not review them in further detail here. Most of these, and similar digital anthropology projects, important and innovative as they might be, ...

Author: Larissa Hjorth

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317377788

Category: Social Science

Page: 494

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With the increase of digital and networked media in everyday life, researchers have increasingly turned their gaze to the symbolic and cultural elements of technologies. From studying online game communities, locative and social media to YouTube and mobile media, ethnographic approaches to digital and networked media have helped to elucidate the dynamic cultural and social dimensions of media practice. The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography provides an authoritative, up-to-date, intellectually broad, and conceptually cutting-edge guide to this emergent and diverse area. Features include: a comprehensive history of computers and digitization in anthropology; exploration of various ethnographic methods in the context of digital tools and network relations; consideration of social networking and communication technologies on a local and global scale; in-depth analyses of different interfaces in ethnography, from mobile technologies to digital archives.
Categories: Social Science

Digital Ethnography

Digital Ethnography

Yet, at the same time, it expands the debate about the consequences of the digital for ethnography. ... is interesting to note that most of the attempts to define ethnography as 'digital' have been focused in anthropology and sociology.

Author: Sarah Pink

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781473943148

Category: Reference

Page: 216

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Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy This sharp, innovative book champions the rising significance of ethnographic research on the use of digital resources around the world. It contextualises digital and pre-digital ethnographic research and demonstrates how the methodological, practical and theoretical dimensions are increasingly intertwined. Digital ethnography is central to our understanding of the social world; it can shape methodology and methods, and provides the technological tools needed to research society. The authoritative team of authors clearly set out how to research localities, objects and events as well as providing insights into exploring individuals’ or communities’ lived experiences, practices and relationships. The book: Defines a series of central concepts in this new branch of social and cultural research Challenges existing conceptual and analytical categories Showcases new and innovative methods Theorises the digital world in new ways Encourages us to rethink pre-digital practices, media and environments This is the ideal introduction for anyone intending to conduct ethnographic research in today’s digital society.
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The Routledge Handbook to Sociology of Music Education

The Routledge Handbook to Sociology of Music Education

146) defines digital anthropology as: [A] juxtaposition of two terms – anthropology is traditionally associated with the study of custom and traditions in small-scale societies rather than the cutting edge of modernity.

Author: Ruth Wright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429997495

Category: Music

Page: 512

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The Routledge Handbook to Sociology of Music Education is a comprehensive, authoritative and state-of-the-art review of current research in the field. The opening introduction orients the reader to the field, highlights recent developments, and draws together concepts and research methods to be covered. The chapters that follow are written by respected, experienced experts on key issues in their area of specialisation. From separate beginnings in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom in the mid-twentieth century, the field of the sociology of music education has and continues to experience rapid and global development. It could be argued that this Handbook marks its coming of age. The Handbook is dedicated to the exclusive and explicit application of sociological constructs and theories to issues such as globalisation, immigration, post-colonialism, inter-generational musicking, socialisation, inclusion, exclusion, hegemony, symbolic violence, and popular culture. Contexts range from formal compulsory schooling to non-formal communal environments to informal music making and listening. The Handbook is aimed at graduate students, researchers and professionals, but will also be a useful text for undergraduate students in music, education, and cultural studies.
Categories: Music

Design Anthropology

Design Anthropology

Early user-based and ethnographic research was carried out under the auspices of human-computer interaction (HCI) in the 1960s and 1970s, joined later in the 1980s by the field of 'interaction design.' Digital anthropology and ...

Author: Alison Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474259057

Category: Design

Page: 272

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Design Anthropology brings together leading international design theorists, consultants and anthropologists to explore the changing object culture of the 21st century. Decades ago, product designers used basic market research to fine-tune their designs for consumer success. Today the design process has been radically transformed, with the user center-stage in the design process. From design ethnography to culture probing, innovative designers are employing anthropological methods to elicit the meanings rather than the mere form and function of objects. This important volume provides a fascinating exploration of the issues facing the shapers of our increasingly complex material world. The text features case studies and investigations covering a diverse range of academic disciplines. From IKEA and anti-design to erotic twenty-first-century needlework and online interior decoration, the book positions itself at the intersections of design, anthropology, material culture, architecture, and sociology.
Categories: Design

Lineages and Advancements in Material Culture Studies

Lineages and Advancements in Material Culture Studies

Today, Digital Anthropology at UCL draws from all of these trajectories – with research focused on the anthropology of data, the materiality of the digital, the infrastructural quality of digital networks, and the politics of digital ...

Author: Timothy Carroll

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000185812

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

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This volume comprises a curated conversation between members of the Material Culture Section of University College London Anthropology. In laying out the state of play in the field, it challenges how the anthropology of material culture is being done and argues for new directions of enquiry and new methods of investigation. The contributors consider the ramifications of specific research methods and explore new methodological frameworks to address areas of human experience that require a new analytical approach. The case studies draw from a range of contexts, including digital objects, infrastructure, data, extraterrestriality, ethnographic curation, and medical materiality. They include timely reappraisals of now-classical analytical models that have shaped the way we understand the object, the discipline, knowledge formation, and the artefact.
Categories: Social Science

The Palgrave Handbook of the Anthropology of Technology

The Palgrave Handbook of the Anthropology of Technology

Digital Anthropology. Abingdon: Routledge. Grommé, F., Ruppert, E., & Cakici, B. (2018). Data scientists: A new faction of the transnational field of statistics. In H. Knox & D. Nafus (Eds.), Ethnography for a data-saturated world (pp.

Author: Maja Hojer Bruun

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811670848

Category: Social Science

Page: 808

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This Handbook offers an overview of the thriving and diverse field of anthropological studies of technology. It features 39 original chapters, each reviewing the state of the art of current research and enlivening the field of study through ethnographic analysis of human-technology interfaces, forms of social organisation, technological practices and/or systems of belief and meaning in different parts of the world. The Handbook is organised around some of the most important characteristics of anthropological studies of technology today: the diverse knowledge practices that technologies involve and on which they depend; the communities, collectives, and categories that emerge around technologies; anthropology’s contribution to proliferating debates on ethics, values, and morality in relation to technology; and infrastructures that highlight how all technologies are embedded in broader political economies and socio-historical processes that shape and often reinforce inequality and discrimination while also generating diversity. All chapters share a commitment to human experiences, embodiments, practices, and materialities in the daily lives of those people and institutions involved in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and/or use of particular technologies.
Categories: Social Science

Doing Visual Ethnography

Doing Visual Ethnography

... digital visual stakeholder ethnography, 7, 27 ethical considerations, 67–72; see also ethics and ethnographic documentaries, 220–223, 221 increase in, 7 participant-directed photography, 23, 104–106 participant-produced photography, ...

Author: Sarah Pink

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781529743975

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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An unrivalled exploration of what visual ethnography is and what it should be, this book maintains a fine balance between theory and practice. The author provides up-to-date digital and technological topics in this 4th edition; offering clear, relevant guidance on the approaches that contemporary students want to understand and the tools they want to use.
Categories: Reference

Made to Be Seen

Made to Be Seen

Perspectives on the History of Visual Anthropology Marcus Banks, Jay Ruby. methodological tools,” Hart Cohen and Juan Salazar (2005) argue for a new approach to Digital Anthropology that is concerned with the visualisation and ...

Author: Marcus Banks

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226036632

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Made to be Seen brings together leading scholars of visual anthropology to examine the historical development of this multifaceted and growing field. Expanding the definition of visual anthropology beyond more limited notions, the contributors to Made to be Seen reflect on the role of the visual in all areas of life. Different essays critically examine a range of topics: art, dress and body adornment, photography, the built environment, digital forms of visual anthropology, indigenous media, the body as a cultural phenomenon, the relationship between experimental and ethnographic film, and more. The first attempt to present a comprehensive overview of the many aspects of an anthropological approach to the study of visual and pictorial culture, Made to be Seen will be the standard reference on the subject for years to come. Students and scholars in anthropology, sociology, visual studies, and cultural studies will greatly benefit from this pioneering look at the way the visual is inextricably threaded through most, if not all, areas of human activity.
Categories: Social Science