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The Routledge Handbook of Media and Technology Domestication

Edited By

Maren Hartmann

  • Available for pre-order on June 7, 2023. Item will ship after June 28, 2023
ISBN 9781032184142
June 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
544 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of media domestication – the process of appropriating new media and technology – and delves into the theoretical, conceptual and social implications of the field’s advancement.  

Combining the work of the long-established experts in the field with that of emerging scholars, the chapters explore both the domestication concept itself and domestication processes in a wide range of fields, from smartphones used to monitor drug use to the question of time in the domestication of energy buildings. The international team of authors provide an accessible and thorough assessment of key issues, themes, and problems with and within domestication research, and showcase the most important developments over the years.  

This truly interdisciplinary collection will be an important resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and academic scholars in media, communication and cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural geography, design studies and social studies of technology. 

Table of Contents

Maren Hartmann: "One Life Is Not Enough" - Another Kind of Introduction

PART 1 – (Re-)Thinking Domestication

Sonia Livingstone: (Re-)Thinking Domestication: Introduction

1. Eric Hirsch: Domestication and Personhood

2. Thomas Berker: Domestication as User-Led Infrastructuring

3. Corinna Peil & Jutta Röser: Conceptualizing Re-Domestication: Theoretical

Reflections and Empirical Findings to a Neglected Concept

4. Carolina Martìnez & Tobias Olsson: Making Domestication Research Policy


5. David Morley & Maren Hartmann: A Dialogue on Domestication

6. Tem Frank Andersen & Peter Vistisen: The Dark Side of Domestication?

Individualization, Anxieties and FoMO Created by the Use of Media


PART 2 – Extending Domestication

Lars Holmgaard Christensen: Extending Domestication: Introduction

7. Rich Ling: Domesticating Mobile Communication by Women in the Global


8. Sun Sun Lim & Tricia Marjorie Fernandez: The Ceaseless Domestication of

Mobile Communication in Asia: Benefits, Trade-Offs and Responses

9. James Odhiambo Ogone: Nuanced Domestication of Social Media: Intrigues of

Situated Cultural Affordances in Kenyan Local Ecologies of Knowledge

10. Hans-Peter Hahn: The Domestication of Smartphones: Lessons from Case

Studies in Africa

11. Jo-Helle-Valle & Ardis Storm-Mathisen: Domestication Theory: Reflections

from the Kalahari

PART 3 – Technologizing & Designing Domestication

Marianne Ryghaug: Technologizing & Designing Domestication: Introduction

12. Knut Sørensen: Processes of Incorporation. The Relationship between

Socialization and Domestication of Technoscience

13. Vera Klocke: Sitting on the Sofa, Watching Television: Methodological

Reflections on the Study of Material Articulations

14. Iohanna Nicenboim: Data Domestication: Exploring Sensors in the Future

Everyday through Design Fiction

15. Mika Pantzar: A Journey from Domestication Approaches to Practice-Based


16. Ignacio Siles: The Mutual Domestication of Users and Algorithms: The Case of


PART 4 – (Counter-)Domesticating Media & Technologies

Shangwei Wu: (Counter-)Domesticating Media & Technologies: Introduction

17. Maria Bakardjieva: Domesticating the Domesticators: Where Have All the

Agents Gone?

18. Jo Pierson: Counter-Domestication through Infrastructural Inversion: User

Empowerment in Digital Platforms

19. Maren Hartmann: Technologies Running Wild? (Non-)Domestication in the

Context of Homelessness and Smart Technologies

20. Lorian Leong: Configuring the ‘Cuban Internet’: A Networked Domestication


21. Kristian Møller: Feeling Good, Feeling Safe: Domesticating Phones and Drugs in


PART 5 – Contextualising Domestication?

Niklas Strüver: Contextualising Domestication? Introduction

22. Yang Wang: Understanding and Resolving the ‘Content-Context Conundrum’ in

ICT Domestication Research

23. Ida Marie Henricksen: Situational Domestication: Personal Technology and

Public Places

24. Faltin Karlsen: The Digital Detox Camp: Practices and Motivations for Reverse


25. Kristine Ask: Unpacking Play: A Domestication Perspective on Digital Games

26. Larissa Hjorth, Ingrid Richardson, Hugh Davies & Will Balmford: Playing at


27. Leslie Haddon: Variety within Domestication Research: Time, Perceptions and


PART 6 – Homing in on domestication?

David Waldecker: Homing in on Domestication? Introduction

28. Deborah Chambers: Lockdown Screen Worlds: The Domestication and Re-

Socialization of Zoom

29. Stephen J. Neville & Alex Borkowski: Broken Domestication: The Resonant

Politics of Voice in Gendered Technology

30. Justine Lloyd: What Do Women Want? Broadcasting for Women and Radio’s

Gendered Domestication

31. Johanna Birkland: Domestication and Older Adults – Changing Definitions of

Home and Family

32. Leah Jerop Komen: M-learning: Appropriating Social Media for Pedagogy in


33. Jenny Kennedy & Indigo Holcombe-James: Digital Inclusion and Domestication

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Maren Hartmann is Professor for communication and media sociology at Berlin University for the Arts, Germany.