The Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology
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The Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology provides a broad overview of the widening and flourishing area of media anthropology, and outlines key themes, debates, and emerging directions.
The Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology draws together the work of scholars from across the globe, with rich ethnographic studies that address a wide range of media practices and forms. Comprising 41 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Companion is divided into three parts:
- Thematic Considerations.
The chapters offer wide-ranging explorations of how forms of mediation influence communication, social relationships, cultural practices, participation, and social change, as well as production and access to information and knowledge. This volume considers new developments, and highlights the ways in which anthropology can contribute to the study of the human condition and the social processes in which media are entangled.
This is an indispensable teaching resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students and an essential text for scholars working across the areas that media anthropology engages with, including anthropology, sociology, media and cultural studies, internet and communication studies, and science and technology studies.
Table of Contents
Elisabetta Costa, Patricia G. Lange, Nell Haynes, Jolynna Sinanan
PART I: Histories
1. Media Anthropology and the Digital Challenge
Mark Allen Peterson
2. Indigenous Media: Anthropological Perspectives and Historical Notes
3. A Longitudinal Study of Media in Brazil
Conrad Phillip Kottak and Richard Pace
PART II: Approaches
A. Media as Infrastructure
4. "Here, Listen to My CD-R": Music Transactions and Infrastructures in Underground Hip-Hop Touring
Anthony Kwame Harrison
5. "Technology is Wonderful Until It Isn't": Community-Based Research and the Precarity of Digital Infrastructure
Jerome Crowder, Peggy Determeyer, and Sara Rogers
6. Media Migration
Patricia G. Lange
7. The Digitally Natural: Hypomediacy and the "Really Real" in Game Design
Thomas M. Malaby
B. Media as Practice
8. Media Practices and Their Social Effects
9. Television is Not a Democracy: The Limits of Interactive Broadcast in Japan
Elizabeth A. Rodwell
10. Producing Place through Play: An Ethnography of Location-based Gaming
11. PhotoMedia as Anthropology: Towards a Speculative Research Method
Edgar Gómez Cruz
12. Content-as-Practice: Studying Digital Content with a Media Practice Approach
C. Media as Materiality
13. The Materiality of the Virtual in Urban Space
14. Anthropology and Digitial Media: Multivocal Materialities of Video Meetings and Deafness
15. Cloudwork: Data Centre Labour and the Maintenance of Media Infrastructure
16. Media Anthropology and Emerging Technologies: Re-working Media Presence
Sarah Pink, Yolande Strengers, Melisa Duque, Larissa Nichols, and Rex Martin
D. Media as Representation
17. #Everest: Visual Economies of Leisure and Labour in the Tourist Encounter
18. Postcolonial Digital Collections: Instruments, Mirrors, Agents
Haidy Geismar and Katja Müller
19. Ethnographies of the Digitally Dispossessed
PART III: Thematic Considerations
20. "Friends from WeChat Groups": The Practice of Friendship via Social Media among Older People in China
21. Mediated Money and Social Relationships among Hong Kong Cross-boundary Students
Tom McDonald, Holy Hoi Ki Shum and Kwok Cheung Wong
22. Narratives of Digital Intimacy: Romanian Migration and Mediated Transnational Life
Donya Alinejad and Laura Candidatu
B. Social Inequality and Marginalisation
23. Mediating Hopes: Social Media and Crisis in Northern Italy
24. Digital Inequality and Relatedness in India after Access
25. In This Together: Black Women, Collective Screening Experiences, and Space-Making as Meaning-Making
26. Black Gamer’s Refuge: Finding Community within the Magic Circle of Whiteness
C. Identities and Social Change
27. Inking Identity: Indigenous Nationalism in Bolivian Tattoo Art
28. Being Known and Becoming Famous in Kampala, Uganda
Brooke Schwartz Bocast
29. The Hall of Mirrors: Negotiating Gender on Chilean Social Media
D. Political Conservatism
30. Media Anthropology and the Crisis of Facts
31. Conspiracy Media Ecologies and the Case for Guerilla Anthropology
Leighton C. Peterson and Jeb J. Card
32. Researching Political Trolls as Instruments of Political Conservatism in Turkey: A Historical Framework and Methodological Reflections on a Discourse Community
33. Performing Conservatism: A Study of Emerging Political Mobilisations in Latin America using "Social Media Drama" Analysis
34. Algorithmic Violence in Everyday Life and the Role of Media Anthropology
35. Queer and Muslim? Social Surveillance and Islamic Sexual Ethics on Twitter
36. Queer Sousveillance: Publics, Politics, and Social Media in South Korea
F. Emerging Technologies and Contemporary Challenges: Data, AI and VR
37. The Algorithmic Silhouette: New Technologies and the Fashionable Body
Heather A. Horst and Sheba Mohammid
38. Unlocking Heritage In Situ: Tourist Places and Augmented Reality in Estonia
Christian S. Ritter
39. Precarity, Discriminiation and (In)Visibility: An Ethnography of "The Algorithm" in the YouTube Influencer Industry
40. AI Design and Everyday Logics in the Kalahari
Nicola J. Bidwell, Helen Arnold, Alan F. Blackwell, Charlie Nqeisji, |Kun Kunta, and Martin Ujakpa
41. Ethnography of/and Virtual Reality
Eric W. Rothenbuhler
Elisabetta Costa is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
Patricia G. Lange is Associate Professor and Chair of Critical Studies at California College of the Arts, USA.
Nell Haynes is a faculty member in the Department of Global Studies at Saint Mary’s College, USA.
Jolynna Sinanan is a Lecturer in Social and Digital Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK.
"Media anthropology, just like the media itself, is a fast-moving field of enquiry, especially in the light of new digital technologies. What makes this volume essential is the way it effectively brings the reader up to date with some of the most exciting and insightful developments as well as new approaches. It also provides a very effective balance between the depth one associates with ethnographically based studies and the breadth that is required in encompassing a field that ranges from infrastructure and practice to materiality and inequality."
Daniel Miller, Professor, UCL Department of Anthropology, London
"This rich and engaging volume successfully redefines the field of media anthropology for a digital world, while respecting and building upon the pioneering work that established the field. Over 40 ethnographers explore contemporary phenomena and the cultural practices around them - from gaming to YouTube, fashion to tourism -- while interrogating the global realities of inequality, injustice, and surveillance. Especially timely is the focus on the role of media in the rise of extremism and the crisis of truth, offering a stark warning for the future."
Elizabeth Bird, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida
"This important collection brings together many of the world’s significant and emerging voices in media studies, digital research, and anthropology. It offers a comprehensive overview of where media anthropology has come from, how it has developed, and where it is going. Contributions include reflections on key moments in the development of media anthropology, consideration of the methodological, theoretical, and political opportunities that media anthropology has brought to academic research, and a vision of the near future that media anthropology offers new generations of students and scholars. The transregional and multigenerational scope demonstrates how media anthropology has developed and evolved, both within and beyond the disciplines from which it began."
Anna Cristina Pertierra, Professor, School of Design, University of Technology Sydney