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.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2.0
Haidy Geismar and Hannah Knox
PART I: Positioning
2. Six Principles for a Digital Anthropology
Daniel Miller and Heather Horst
3. Rethinking Digital Anthropology
PART II: Socializing Digital Anthropology
4. The Anthropology of Mobile Phones
Heather A. Horst
5. The Anthropology of Social Media
6. Diverse Digital Worlds
7. Disability in the Digital Age
8. Devices and Selves: From self-exit to self-fashioning
PART III: Politicizing Digital Anthropology
9. Digital Politics
10. Traversing the Infrastructures of Digital Life
12. Digital Economy and Labour
Ilana Gershon and Iris Bull
PART IV: Designing Digital Anthropology
13. Design for and against Digital Anthropology
14. Museum + Digital = ?
15. The Role of the Digital Anthropologist in Citizen Science and Public Participation Mapping Projects: A case study or two
David Jeevendrampillai with Gillian Conquest
16. Digital Futures Anthropology
Haidy Geismar is Professor of Anthropology at UCL, UK.
Hannah Knox is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCL, UK.