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Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Communication

ISBN 9781138672093
Published November 17, 2020 by Routledge
406 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.