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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

ISBN 9780367873585
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
520 Pages

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Book Description

With the increase of digital and networked media in everyday life, researchers have increasingly turned their gaze to the symbolic and cultural elements of technologies. From studying online game communities, locative and social media to YouTube and mobile media, ethnographic approaches to digital and networked media have helped to elucidate the dynamic cultural and social dimensions of media practice. The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography provides an authoritative, up-to-date, intellectually broad, and conceptually cutting-edge guide to this emergent and diverse area.

Features include:

  • a comprehensive history of computers and digitization in anthropology;

  • exploration of various ethnographic methods in the context of digital tools and network relations;

  • consideration of social networking and communication technologies on a local and global scale;

  • in-depth analyses of different interfaces in ethnography, from mobile technologies to digital archives.

Table of Contents

Part I – Debating Digital Ethnography

1. Computers in/and anthropology: the poetics and politics of digitization

2. From virtual ethnography to the embedded, embodied, everyday Internet

3. Vectors for fieldwork: computational thinking and new modes of ethnography

4. A performative digital ethnography: data, design, and speculation

5. The fieldsite as a network: a strategy for locating ethnographic research

6. Remote ethnography: studying digital politics in Spain and Indonesia from afar

7. Mixing it: digital ethnography and online research methods—a tale of two global digital music genres

Part II – Relationships

8. Small places turned inside out: social networking in small communities

9. "Doing family" at a distance: transnational family practices in polymedia environments

10. Researching death online

11. Relational labor, fans, and collaborations in professional rock climbing

Part III – Visibility and Voice

12. "Our media"? Microblogging and the elusiveness of voice in China

13. Participatory complications in interactive, video-sharing environments

14. Influencer extravaganza: a decade of commercial "lifestyle" microcelebrities in Singapore

15. Nah Leavin’ Trinidad: the place of digital music production among amateur musicians in Trinidad

Part IV – Place and Co-Presence

16. Locating emerging media: ethnographic reflections on culture, selfhood, and place

17. Making "ournet not the Internet": an ethnography of homebrew high-tech practices in suburban Australia

18. Locative mobile media and the development of unplanned, fleeting encounters with pseudonymous strangers, and virtual acqu

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Larissa Hjorth is Distinguished Professor and Director of HDR in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University and was co-founding (with Professor Heather Horst) Director of RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC).

Heather Horst is Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University and Director, Research Partnerships in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. She was the director of DERC from 2012-2015.

Anne Galloway is Senior Lecturer in Culture+Context Design at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Genevieve Bell is currently a Senior Fellow and Vice President at Intel Corporation where she works in their Corporate Strategy Office, driving long-term strategic visioning and insights.