digital ethnography

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

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

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
Dalsgaard (2016) "The Ethnographic Use of Facebook in Everyday Life"

"[...] What types of field relations stem from such social media-driven ethnography? And what kinds of data do these relations present to the ethnographer? [...] I argue that ethnography is already in possession of the methodological tools critically to assess the validity and value of data...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

Airoldi (2018) Ethnography and the digital fields of social media

"Qualitative researchers struggle to study the transient fields of social network sites like Twitter through conventional ethnographic approaches. This paper suggests that, in order to step further, we should distinguish between the relatively stable ‘contextual’ fields of bounded online...Read more

Beaulieu (2004) "Mediating ethnography: objectivity and the making of ethnographies of the internet"

"[...] questions of presence, field relations (including trust and confidentiality), and new possibilities for observation are especially prominently discussed. [...] I place these issues and dilemmas facing the researcher in the context of the intellectual tradition of ethnography as applied to...Read more

Williams (2013) "Virtual Ethnography"

Oxford Bibliographies article on the topic of Virtual EthnographyRead 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

Kelty (2008) "Collaboration, Coordination, and Composition: Fieldwork after the Internet"

"[...]this chapter touches three issues: 1) it responds to some of the issues raised by Fabian concerning the status of eth- nographic materials and data, and of commentary as a “genre” of ethnographic writing after the Internet; 2) it distinguishes conceptually the practices of coordi-...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

Garcia et al. (2009) Ethnographic Approaches to the Internet and Computer-Mediated Communication

"[I]n the online environment direct interaction with participants is replaced by computer-screen data that are largely textual, but may include combinations of textual, visual, aural, and kinetic components. We show how the online environment requires adjustments in how ethnographers define the...Read more

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