ABSTRACT

The Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology provides a broad overview of the widening and flourishing area of media anthropology, and outlines key themes, debates, and emerging directions.

The Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology draws together the work of scholars from across the globe, with rich ethnographic studies that address a wide range of media practices and forms. Comprising 41 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Companion is divided into three parts:

  • Histories
  • Approaches
  • Thematic Considerations.

The chapters offer wide-ranging explorations of how forms of mediation influence communication, social relationships, cultural practices, participation, and social change, as well as production and access to information and knowledge. This volume considers new developments, and highlights the ways in which anthropology can contribute to the study of the human condition and the social processes in which media are entangled.

This is an indispensable teaching resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students and an essential text for scholars working across the areas that media anthropology engages with, including anthropology, sociology, media and cultural studies, internet and communication studies, and science and technology studies.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction

ByElisabetta Costa, Patricia G. Lange, Nell Haynes, Jolynna Sinanan
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part Part I|46 pages

Histories

chapter 1|16 pages

Media Anthropology and the Digital Challenge

ByMark Allen Peterson
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chapter 2|14 pages

Indigenous Media

Anthropological Perspectives and Historical Notes
ByPhilipp Budka
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chapter 3|14 pages

A Longitudinal Study of Media in Brazil

ByConrad Phillip Kottak, Richard Pace
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part Part II|224 pages

Approaches

part A|54 pages

Media as Infrastructure

chapter 4|12 pages

“Here, Listen to My CD-R”

Music Transactions and Infrastructures in Underground Hip-Hop Touring
ByAnthony Kwame Harrison
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chapter 5|12 pages

“Technology is Wonderful Until It Isn't”

Community-Based Research and the Precarity of Digital Infrastructure
ByJerome Crowder, Peggy Determeyer, Sara Rogers
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chapter 6|14 pages

Media Migration

ByPatricia G. Lange
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chapter 7|14 pages

The Digitally Natural

Hypomediacy and the “Really Real” in Game Design
ByThomas M. Malaby
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part B|66 pages

Media as Practice

chapter 8|13 pages

Media Practices and Their Social Effects

ByJohn Postill
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chapter 9|13 pages

Television is Not a Democracy

The Limits of Interactive Broadcast in Japan
ByElizabeth A. Rodwell
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chapter 10|12 pages

Producing Place through Play

An Ethnography of Location-based Gaming
ByKyle Moore
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chapter 11|14 pages

PhotoMedia as Anthropology

Towards a Speculative Research Method
ByEdgar Gómez Cruz
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chapter 12|12 pages

Content-as-Practice

Studying Digital Content with a Media Practice Approach
ByChristoph Bareither
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part C|60 pages

Media as Materiality

chapter 13|15 pages

The Materiality of the Virtual in Urban Space

ByJordan Kraemer
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chapter 14|13 pages

Anthropology and Digital Media

Multivocal Materialities of Video Meetings and Deafness
ByRebekah Cupitt
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chapter 15|16 pages

Cloudwork

Data Centre Labour and the Maintenance of Media Infrastructure
ByA.R.E. Taylor
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chapter 16|14 pages

Media Anthropology and Emerging Technologies

Re-working Media Presence
BySarah Pink, Yolande Strengers, Melisa Duque, Larissa Nichols, Rex Martin
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part D|42 pages

Media as Representation

chapter 17|13 pages

#Everest

Visual Economies of Leisure and Labour in the Tourist Encounter
ByJolynna Sinanan
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chapter 18|14 pages

Postcolonial Digital Collections

Instruments, Mirrors, Agents
ByHaidy Geismar, Katja Müller
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chapter 19|13 pages

Ethnographies of the Digitally Dispossessed

ByHeather Ford
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part Part III|296 pages

Thematic Considerations

part A|42 pages

Relationships

chapter 20|12 pages

“Friends from WeChat groups”

The Practice of Friendship via Social Media among Older People in China
ByXinyuan Wang
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chapter 21|13 pages

Mediated Money and Social Relationships among Hong Kong Cross-Boundary Students

ByTom McDonald, Holy Hoi Ki Shum, Kwok Cheung Wong
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chapter 22|15 pages

Narratives of Digital Intimacy

Romanian Migration and Mediated Transnational Life
ByDonya Alinejad, Laura Candidatu
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part B|50 pages

Social Inequality and Marginalisation

chapter 23|12 pages

Mediating Hopes

Social Media and Crisis in Northern Italy
ByElisabetta Costa
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chapter 25|13 pages

In This Together

Black Women, Collective Screening Experiences, and Space-Making as Meaning-Making
ByMarlaina Martin
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chapter 26|11 pages

Black Gamer's Refuge

Finding Community within the Magic Circle of Whiteness
ByAkil Fletcher
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part C|46 pages

Identities and Social Change

chapter 27|14 pages

Inking Identity

Indigenous Nationalism in Bolivian Tattoo Art
ByNell Haynes
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chapter 28|15 pages

Being Known and Becoming Famous in Kampala, Uganda

ByBrooke Schwartz Bocast
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chapter 29|15 pages

The Hall of Mirrors

Negotiating Gender on Chilean Social Media
ByBaird Campbell
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part D|54 pages

Political Conservatism

chapter 30|14 pages

Media Anthropology and the Crisis of Facts

ByPeter Hervik
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chapter 31|13 pages

Conspiracy Media Ecologies and the Case for Guerilla Anthropology

ByLeighton C. Peterson, Jeb J. Card
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chapter 32|11 pages

Researching Political Trolls as Instruments of Political Conservatism in Turkey

A Historical Framework and Methodological Reflections on a Discourse Community
ByErkan Saka
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chapter 33|14 pages

Performing Conservatism

A Study of Emerging Political Mobilisations in Latin America using “Social Media Drama” Analysis
ByRaúl Castro-Pérez
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part E|38 pages

Surveillance

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chapter 35|13 pages

Queer and Muslim?

Social Surveillance and Islamic Sexual Ethics on Twitter
ByBenjamin Ale-Ebrahim
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chapter 36|12 pages

Queer Sousveillance

Publics, Politics, and Social Media in South Korea
ByAlex Wolff
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part F|64 pages

Emerging Technologies and Contemporary Challenges

chapter 37|13 pages

The algorithmic silhouette

New Technologies and the Fashionable Body
ByHeather A. Horst, Sheba Mohammid
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chapter 38|12 pages

Unlocking heritage in situ

Tourist Places and Augmented Reality in Estonia
ByChristian S. Ritter
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chapter 39|13 pages

Precarity, discrimination and (in)visibility

An Ethnography of “The Algorithm” in the YouTube Influencer Industry
ByZoë Glatt
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chapter 40|13 pages

AI Design and Everyday Logics in the Kalahari

ByNicola J. Bidwell, Helen Arnold, Alan F. Blackwell, Charlie Nqeisji, |Kun Kunta, Martin Ujakpa
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chapter 41|11 pages

Ethnography of/and Virtual Reality

ByLisa Messeri
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chapter |5 pages

Afterword

ByEric W. Rothenbuhler
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