digital ethnography

Abidin (2016) ""Aren't These Just Young Rich Women Doing Vain Things Online?": Influencer Selfies as Subversive Frivolity"

[This article examines] Influencers’ engagements with selfies on Instagram and their appropriations of selfies as salable objects, as tacit labor, and as an expression of contrived authenticity and reflexivity.[...]" Read more

Postill (2010) "Researching the internet - Reviews"

Review of four important Internet ethnographies : "Hakken's Cyborgs@cyberspace? (1999), Zurawski's Virtuelle Ethnizität (2000), Hine's Virtual ethnography (2000), and Miller and Slater's (2000) The Internet: an ethnographic approach. The authors of those...Read more

Postill (2016) "Doing remote ethnography"

"In this chapter I reflect on my experience of researching digital politics while physically absent from ‘the field’. I argue that there is nothing inherently inferior or illegitimate about researching local issues remotely (e.g. via Twitter, live streaming, web cam, email, online archives), or...Read more

Akrich (2019) "Temporalité, régimes de participation et formes de communautés. Comprendre la dynamique d'un forum grand public autour du dépistage prénatal"

"Comment rendre compte de la dynamique des échanges sur un forum ? Comment analyser la transformation dans le temps de cet espace ? De quelle manière en caractériser l’organisation ?"Read more

Locatelli (2017) "Images of Breastfeeding on Instagram: Self-Representaion, Publicness, and Privacy Management"

[...] Instagram appears, then, as a platform where personal choices and beliefs can flow into public discourse and a place for investigating how public discourses and social and cultural issues (such as breastfeeding promotion and representation) shape the way that breastfeeding is lived...Read more

Miller, Horst (2012) "The Digital and the Human: A prospectus for Digital Anthropology"

This introduction will propose six basic principles as the foundation for a new subdiscipline: digital anthropology.

  1. The digital itself intensifies the dialectical nature of culture
  2. Humanity is not one iota more mediated by the rise of the digital
  3. ...Read more
Goodwin-Hawkins, Gould (2020) "Fieldwork at sunset. Visual representations of anthropology online"

"This article analyzes online images of sociocultural anthropology across one hundred high-ranking universities worldwide. We show how, online, a discipline defined by diversity becomes readily reducible to “exotic” geographies and objectified “others.” [...]."

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Cupitt (2018) "We Have Never Been Digital Anthropologists"

Blog post by Rebehak Cupitt from the series "Private Messages from the Field" by Crystal Abidin : "In this post, I want to foreground the chimeric nature of ethnography because it was only once I situated myself in an interdisciplinary research setting and a technologically saturated field site...Read more

Postill (2015) "Digital ethnography: ‘being there’ physically, remotely, virtually and imaginatively"

On the growing importance of digital ethnography in anthropology studies. 

Relying solely on physically co-present, non-digital fieldwork, or solely on telematics is still theoretically possible, but in most research settings it no longer makes sense to do so.Read more

Cointet, Parasie (2019) "Enquêter à partir des traces textuelles du web"

"L’essor du web et des réseaux sociaux offre aux chercheurs en sciences sociales un volume considérable de textes [...] Combinés au développement d’outils informatiques, ces matériaux sont à l’origine d’une promesse qui a été formulée à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur des sciences...Read more

Hine (2004) "Social Research Methods and the Internet: A Thematic Review"

Collection of articles related to Social Research Methods and accompanied by a critical introduction/review by Christine HineRead more

Abidin (2018) "Private Messages from the Field: Confessions on Digital Ethnography and Its Discomforts"

Blog post by Crystal Abidin from her series "Private Messages from the Field" with Gabriele de Seta. This post features an introduction and backstory to this colelction of essays.

Here’s a first confession about ethnographic work: All professional things have personal

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