Digitizing Identities: Doing Identity in a Networked World, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Digitizing Identities

Doing Identity in a Networked World, 1st Edition

Edited by Irma van der Ploeg, Jason Pridmore


294 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This book explores contemporary transformations of identities in a digitizing society across a range of domains of modern life. As digital technology and ICTs have come to pervade virtually all aspects of modern societies, the routine registration of personal data has increased exponentially, thus allowing a proliferation of new ways of establishing who we are. Rather than representing straightforward progress, however, these new practices generate important moral and socio-political concerns. While access to and control over personal data is at the heart of many contemporary strategic innovations domains as diverse as migration management, law enforcement, crime and health prevention, "e-governance," internal and external security, to new business models and marketing tools, we also see new forms of exclusion, exploitation, and disadvantage emerging.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Digitising Identities Irma van der Ploeg and Jason Pridmore Part I: Sharing and Connecting: Friends and Consumers 1. The Touristic Practice of Performing Identity Online Anders Albrechtslund and Anne-Mette Albrechtslund 2. A Social API for That: Market Devices and the Stabilization of Digital Identities Jason Pridmore 3. Caring for the Virtual Self on Social Media: Managing Visibility on Facebook Daniel Trottier 4. Shaping Children’s Consumer Identity Within Contemporary Dutch Market(ing) Practices Isolde Sprenkels and Irma van der Ploeg Part II: Growing Up: Children and Guardians 5. Risk Identities: Constructing Actionable Problems in Dutch Youth Karolina La Fors-Owczynik and Govert Valkenburg 6. Swimming in the Fishbowl: Young People, Identity and Surveillance in Networked Spaces Valerie Steeves 7. Makers of Media Wisdom: Translating and Guarding Media Wisdom in the Netherlands Isolde Sprenkels and Sally Wyatt Part III: (Mis)Behaving: Suspects and Deviants 8. Data Mining "Problem Youth": Looking Closer But Not Seeing Better Francisca Grommé 9. Sorting (Out) Youth: Transformations in Police Practices of Classification and (Social Media) Monitoring of "Youth Groups" Vlad Niculescu-Dinca, Irma van der Ploeg and Tsjalling Swierstra 10. Identifying the Perpetrator: An Ethnographic Study of CCTV in Police Work in Denmark Peter Lauritsen Part IV: On the Move: Migrants and Travellers 11. The Digital Evacuee: Mediation, "Mobility Justice" and the Politics of Evacuation Peter Adey and Philip Kirby 12. The Datafication of Mobility and Migration Management: The Mediating State and Its Consequences Dennis Broeders and Huub Dijstelbloem 13. Migrants at/as Risk: Identity Verification and Risk Assessment Technologies in the Netherlands Karolina La Fors-Owczynik and Irma van der Ploeg

About the Editors

Irma van der Ploeg is Senior Research Fellow at UNU-MERIT at Maastricht University Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology.

Jason Pridmore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

Books in this series consider social science aspects of science studies. Authors discuss how science is socially situated and mediated, how science and technology are shaped by society and society by science and technology. Books will consider the social impact of new technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies