Digital Anthropology, 2nd Edition explores how human and digital can be explored in relation to one another within issues as diverse as social media use, virtual worlds, hacking, quantified self, blockchain, digital environmentalism and digital representation. The book challenges the prevailing moral universal of “the digital age” by exploring emergent anxieties about the global spread of new technological forms, the cultural qualities of digital experience, critically examining the intersection of the digital to new concepts and practices across a wide range of fields from design to politics.

In this fully revised edition, Digital Anthropology reveals how the intense scrutiny of ethnography can overturn assumptions about the impact of digital culture and reveal its profound consequences for everyday life around the world. Combining case studies with theoretical discussion in an engaging style that conveys a passion for new frontiers of enquiry within anthropological study, this will be essential reading for students and scholars interested in theory of anthropology, media and information studies, communication studies and sociology. With a brand-new Introduction from editors Haidy Geismar and Hannah Knox, as well as an abridged version of the original Introduction by Heather Horst and Daniel Miller, in conjunction with new chapters on hacking and digitizing environments, amongst others, and fully revised chapters throughout, this will bring the field-defining overview of digital anthropology fully up to date.

chapter 1|18 pages

Introduction 2.0

part I|44 pages


part II|94 pages

Socializing digital anthropology

chapter 5|16 pages

The anthropology of social media

chapter 6|20 pages

Diverse digital worlds

chapter 7|16 pages

Disability in the digital age

chapter 8|20 pages

Devices and selves

From self-exit to self-fashioning

part III|81 pages

Politicizing digital anthropology

chapter 9|19 pages

Digital politics

chapter 11|22 pages


chapter 12|19 pages

Digital economy and labor

part IV|86 pages

Designing digital anthropology