Theories and Concepts for Empirical Cultural Research
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In recent years, digital technologies have become pervasive in academic and everyday life. This comprehensive volume covers a wide range of concepts for studying the new cultural dynamics that are evident as a result of digitisation. It considers how the cultural changes triggered by digitisation processes can be approached empirically. The chapters include carefully chosen examples and help readers from disciplines such as Anthropology, Sociology, Media Studies, and Science & Technology Studies to grasp digitisation theoretically as well as methodologically.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Digitisation as challenge for empirical cultural research 1. Cultural techniques, practices, programmes: How to study the anthropo-logic of digitisation 2. Archive 3. Imperfect imaginaries: Digitisation, mundanisation, and the ungraspable 4. Ethnography of digital infrastructures 5. Hackers and hacking 6. 'A brilliant copy every time!': Aspects of a cultural proportion 7. The manifestation of mash-up categories 8. Big Data 9. From GUI to No-UI: Locating the interface for the Internet of Things 10. Ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things 11. Calculating spaces: Digital encounters with maps and geodata 12. Augmented realities 13. The political economy of digital technologies: Outlining an emerging field of research 14. Ludification of culture: The significance of play and games in everyday practices of the digital era 15. Media genealogy: Back to the present of digital cultures
Gertraud Koch is a Professor and Head of Institute of European Ethnology / Cultural Anthropology at the University of Hamburg, Germany.