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Digital Anthropology


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Section A: Introduction The Digital and The Human - Daniel Miller (University College London, UK) and Heather A. Horst (RMIT University, Australia) Section B: Positioning Digital Anthropology Rethinking 'Digital' Anthropology - Tom Boellstorff (University of California, Irvine, USA) New Media Technologies in Everyday Life - Heather A. Horst (RMIT University, Australia) Geomedia: the Reassertion of Space Within Digital Culture - Lane DeNicola (University College London, UK) Section C: Socialising Digital Anthropology Disability in the Digital Age - Faye Ginsburg (New York University, USA) Approaches to Personal Communication - Stefana Broadbent (University College London, UK) Social Networking Sites - Daniel Miller (University College London, UK) Section D: Politicising Digital Anthropology Digital Politics and Political Engagement - John Postill (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) Free Software and the Politics of Sharing - Jelena Karanovic (New York University, USA) Diverse Digital Worlds - Bart Barendregt (Leiden University, Netherlands) Digital Engagement: Voice and Participation in Development - Jo Tacchi (RMIT University, Australia) Section E: Designing Digital Anthropology Digital Anthropology in Design Anthropology - Adam Drazin (University College London, UK) Museum Digital = ? - Haidy Geismar (New York University, USA) Digital Gaming, Game Design, and its Precursors - Thomas Malaby (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)

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This text not only brings together cutting-edge international scholars, but provides a comprehensive overview of this exceptionally vibrant and exciting field of study.

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Heather A. Horst is a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia. Daniel Miller is Professor of Material Culture at the Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK


An important and, at times, provocative collection on the world of digital anthropology. The book is a must read for anyone trying to come to grips with one of anthropology's newer sub-disciplines in a world where digital interactions and engagements frame our everyday. [...] Vivid, eloquent and provocative, this is a timely edited collection with an ambitious heart, one that should be thoroughly recommended to anyone researching or teaching in the area of the digital. Horst and Miller's edited collection will have broad impact not only within anthropology but in disciplines where the digital features large. It is a book for any library. -- Fiona Murphy, Dublin City University, Ireland * Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale *
Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. -- A. Arno, University of Hawai'i at Manoa * Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries *
This remarkable volume provides a provocative survey of an emergent territory we are all coming to inhabit. Broad in coverage yet acutely attentive to the particulars, offering multiple perspectives yet elegantly integrative, and epistemologically bracing while deeply anthropological, this is a work of lasting value for experts and non-experts alike. * Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz *
Digital Anthropology is a smart, accessible, and timely edited collection. It successfully demonstrates the importance of an anthropological approach to digital culture and what the study of the digital has to offer to anthropology. It is a must read for anthropologists who are interested in digital technology and media and will be beneficial to researchers within adjacent disciplines such as communication and [new] media studies, sociology, and informatics. -- Matthew Hale * Museum Anthropology Review *
Through a wide range of detailed case studies - from digital archives through gaming to social - Digital Anthropology explores the impact of digital culture in everyday life... This book is about communication both in the anthropological and in the digital context. It attempts to demonstrate what anthropology brings to the study of the digital and vice versa. it is a welcome contribution to discussion in the field. -- Anne Holappa, University of Turku * Suomen Antropologi - Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society *
Researchers and teachers alike have long been waiting for this invaluable guide to the tricky terrain of digital anthropology. Demonstrating what anthropology brings to the study of the digital and vice versa, Horst and Miller's book provides a firm launching-off point for new investigations of the remediations, remodulations, and reconfigurations associated with digital media and technology. * Paul Dourish, Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine *
Digital Anthropology is a beautifully curated book that reveals the importance of anthropological insight for understanding different aspects of networked society, from the spectacular to the mundane. In this formative book, Horst and Miller call attention to the ways in which digital technologies make visible our humanity. * danah boyd, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research *

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