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Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Communication

Edited By Leah Lievrouw, Brian D. Loader Copyright 2021
    406 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    406 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    What are we to make of our digital social lives and the forces that shape it? Should we feel fortunate to experience such networked connectivity? Are we privileged to have access to unimaginable amounts of information? Is it easier to work in a digital global economy? Or is our privacy and freedom under threat from digital surveillance? Our security and welfare being put at risk? Our politics undermined by hidden algorithms and misinformation? Written by a distinguished group of leading scholars from around the world, the Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Communication provides a comprehensive, unique, and multidisciplinary exploration of this rapidly growing and vibrant field of study. The Handbook adopts a three-part structural framework for understanding the sociocultural impact of digital media: the artifacts or physical devices and systems that people use to communicate; the communicative practices in which they engage to use those devices, express themselves, and share meaning; and the organizational and institutional arrangements, structures, or formations that develop around those practices and artifacts. Comprising a series of essay-chapters on a wide range of topics, this volume crystallizes current knowledge, provides historical context, and critically articulates the challenges and implications of the emerging dominance of the network and normalization of digitally mediated relations. Issues explored include the power of algorithms, digital currency, gaming culture, surveillance, social networking, and connective mobilization. More than a reference work, this Handbook delivers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the state of new media scholarship and its most important future directions that will shape and animate current debates.


    Leah A. Lievrouw and Brian D. Loader


    1. The Hearth of Darkness: Living within Occult Infrastructures

    Stephen C. Slota, Aubrey Slaughter and Geoffrey C. Bowker,

    2. Mobile Media Artifacts: Genealogies, Haptic Visualities, and Speculative Gestures

    Lee Humphreys and Larissa Hjorth

    3. Digital Embodiment and Financial Infrastructures

    Kaitlyn Wauthier and Radhika Gajjala

    4. Ubiquity

    Paul Dourish

    5. Interfaces and Affordances

    Matt Ratto Curtis McCord, Dawn Walker, and Gabby Resch

    6. Hacking

    Finn Brunton

    7. (Big) Data and Algorithms: Looking for Meaningful Patterns

    Taina Bucher

    8. Archive Fever Revisited: Algorithmic Archons and the Ordering of Social Media

    David Beer


    9. The Practice of Identity: Development, Expression, Performance, Form

    Mary Chayko

    10. Our Digital Social Life

    Irina Shklovski

    11. Digital Literacies in a Wireless World

    Antero Garcia

    12. Family Practices and Digital Technology

    Nancy Jennings

    13. Youth, Algorithms and the Problem of Political Data

    Veronica Vivi Barassi

    14. What Remains of Digital Democracy? Contemporary Political Cleavages and Democratic Practices

    Brian D. Loader

    15. Journalism’s Digital Publics: Researching the ‘Visual Citizen’

    Stuart Allan and Chris Peters

    16. News Curation, War and Conflict

    Holly Steel

    17. Information, Technology, and Work: Proletarianization, Precarity, Piecework

    Leah A. Lievrouw and Britt S. Paris

    18. Automated Surveillance

    Mark Andrejevic


    19. Deep Mediatization: Media Institutions’ Changing Relations to the Social

    Nick Couldry

    20. Fluid Hybridity: Organizational Form and Formlessness in the Digital Age

    Shiv Ganesh and Cynthia Stohl

    21. All the Lonely People? The Continuing Lament about the Loss of Community

    Keith Hampton and Barry Wellman

    22. Distracted by Technologies and Captured by the Public Sphere

    Natalie Fenton

    23. Social Movements, Communication and Media

    Elena Pavan and Donatella della Porta

    24. Governance and Regulation

    Peng Hwa Ang

    25. Property and the Construction of the Information Economy: A Neo-Polanyian Ontology

    Julie E. Cohen

    26. Globalization and Post-Globalization

    Terry Flew

    27. Toward A Sustainable Information Society: A Global Political Economy Perspective

    Jack Linchuan Qiu


    Leah A. Lievrouw is Professor of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the relationship between digital/new media technologies and social change. She is the author of Alternative and Activist New Media (Polity, 2011; second ed. in preparation) and editor of Challenging Communication Research (Peter Lang, for the International Communication Association, 2014). With Sonia Livingstone, she edited two editions of the Handbook of New Media (Sage, 2002, 2006). Her current works in progress include Foundations of Communication Theory: Communication and Technology (Wiley-Blackwell). Currently, she is also North American editor for the international journal Information, Communication & Society.

    Brian D. Loader is an honorary fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, UK. His academic interests are focused around the social relations of power in a digitally mediated world, including social media and citizenship participation. More specifically, his research interests are primarily concerned with young citizens, civic engagement, and social media; social movements and digital democracy; and community informatics and the digital divide. He has written widely on these subjects for the past 25 years. He is the founding Editor in Chief of the international journal Information, Communication & Society.