digital ethnography

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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Miller (2018) "Digital Anthropology"

1. "[...] populations and worlds that are largely the result of digital technologies."

2. "[...]use and consequences of digital technologies on diverse populations around the world.

3. "[...] the

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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

Friedman (2005) "Armchair Anthropology in the Cyber Age?"

"I think the web is going to change anthropology in another way. I predict that we will slowly see the return of the “armchair anthropologists” Malinowski so famously dethroned."Read more

Demazière et al. (2011) "Ethnographie de Terrain et Relation d'Enquête. Observer les "Communautés" de Logiciels Libres"

An ethnographic survey conducted over five years in a free software developers’ « community ». [...] A classical way to take this characteristic into account is to conduct surveys from a distance [...] and sometimes complementing them with direct inquiries with the participants (interviews or...Read more

Golub (2010) "Being in the world (of Warcraft): Raiding, Realism, and Knowledge Production in a Massively Multiplayer Online Game"

"This paper discusses two main claims made about virtual worlds: first, that people become “immersed” in virtual worlds because of their sensorial realism, and second, because virtual worlds appear to be “places” they can be studied without reference to the lives that their inhabitants live in...Read more

Dagiral, Martin (2017) "Liens sociaux et numériques"

"Loin d’opposer la technique au social ou la matérialité à l’humain, ils [les liens sociaux numériques] montrent au contraire à quel point les techniques d’information et de communication (TIC) sont entrelacées dans les faits sociaux étudiés et qu’il serait vain de vouloir distinguer la...Read more

Madianou (2015) "Polymedia and Ethnography: Understanding the Social in Social Media"

"In this essay I argue that social media need to be understood as part of complex environments of communicative opportunities which I conceptualize as polymedia. This approach shifts our attention from social media as discrete platforms to the ways users navigate environments of affordances in...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

LSE Digital Ethnography Collective Reading List

Collective Reading List on the topic of Digital EthnographyRead 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

Nardi (2015) "Virtuality*"

This review examines studies of the affordances of digital technologies that produce virtuality. What we can call a “technological turn” in the literature considers technology a first-order analytical object rather than blackboxing it or subsuming it under social process. J.J. Gibson’s original...Read more

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