Digital Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0857852906

ISBN-13: 9780857852908

Edition: 2012

Authors: Heather A. Horst, Daniel Miller

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Anthropology has two main tasks: to understand what it is to be human, and to examine how humanity is manifested differently in the diversity of culture. These tasks have gained new impetus from the extraordinary rise of the digital, and this book brings together several key anthropologists working with digital culture, to demonstrate just how productive an anthropological approach to the digital has already become.Through a range of case studies from Facebook to Second Life to Google Earth, Digital Anthropologyexplores: how human and digital can be defined in relation to one another by looking at avatars and disability; cultural differences in how we use social networking sites or practice religion; the practical consequences of the digital for politics, museums, design, space, and development, as well as new online worlds and gaming communities. It also explores the moral universe of the digital, from new anxieties to new open-source ideals. The book reveals how only intense scrutiny of ethnography can overturn assumptions about the impact of digital culture and reveal its profound consequences for everyday life.Combining the clarity of a textbook with an engaging style that conveys a passion for these new frontiers of enquiry, Digital Anthropologyis essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, and sociology.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Publication date: 10/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Notes on Contributors
The Digital and the Human: A Prospectus for Digital Anthropology
Positioning Digital Anthropology
Rethinking Digital Anthropology
New Media Technologies in Everyday Life
Geomedia: The Reassertion of Space within Digital Culture
Socializing Digital Anthropology
Disability in the Digital Age
Approaches to Personal Communication
Social Networking Sites
Politicizing Digital Anthropology
Digital Politics and Political Engagement
Free Software and the Politics of Sharing
Diverse Digital Worlds
Digital Engagement: Voice and Participation in Development
Designing Digital Anthropology
Design Anthropology: Working on, with and for Digital Technologies
Museum + Digital = ?
Digital Gaming, Game Design and Its Precursors
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