Digital Anthropology

Digital Anthropology

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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. 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 Anthropology explores how human and digital can be defined in relation to one another, from avatars and disability; cultural differences in how we use social networking sites or practise religion; the practical consequences of the digital for politics, museums, design, space and development to new online world and gaming communities. The book also explores the moral universe of the digital, from new anxieties to open-source ideals. Digital Anthropology reveals how only the 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 which conveys a passion for these new frontiers of enquiry, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies and sociology.One question for future research is whether we are witnessing the coming of an era in which political reality is framed by virally shared digital ... I also wish to thank the book editors for their helpful feedback on early drafts of this chapter. ... It is telling of the ethnographic method that the political anthropologist Alexander T. Smith (personal communication, 22 May 2006) and I ... Journal of Community Informatics 3: 4. http://www.cijournal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/329/380. Baym, N.


Title:Digital Anthropology
Author: Heather A. Horst, Daniel Miller
Publisher:A&C Black - 2013-08-01
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