Contribution to The RoutLedge Companion to Media Anthropology

I co-authored a chapter with Laura Candidatu for the masterfully edited (by Elisabetta Costa, Patricia G. Lange, Nell Haynes, and Jolynna Sinanan) and incredibly thorough and comprehensive Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology. Here’s the impressive Table of Contents:


Elisabetta Costa, Patricia G. Lange, Nell Haynes, Jolynna Sinanan

PART I: Histories

1. Media Anthropology and the Digital Challenge

Mark Allen Peterson

2. Indigenous Media: Anthropological Perspectives and Historical Notes

Philipp Budka

3. A Longitudinal Study of Media in Brazil

Conrad Phillip Kottak and Richard Pace

PART II: Approaches

A. Media as Infrastructure

4. “Here, Listen to My CD-R”: Music Transactions and Infrastructures in Underground Hip-Hop Touring

Anthony Kwame Harrison

5. “Technology is Wonderful Until It Isn’t”: Community-Based Research and the Precarity of Digital Infrastructure

Jerome Crowder, Peggy Determeyer, and Sara Rogers

6. Media Migration

Patricia G. Lange

7. The Digitally Natural: Hypomediacy and the “Really Real” in Game Design

Thomas M. Malaby

B. Media as Practice

8. Media Practices and Their Social Effects

John Postill

9. Television is Not a Democracy: The Limits of Interactive Broadcast in Japan

Elizabeth A. Rodwell

10. Producing Place through Play: An Ethnography of Location-based Gaming

Kyle Moore

11. PhotoMedia as Anthropology: Towards a Speculative Research Method

Edgar Gómez Cruz

12. Content-as-Practice: Studying Digital Content with a Media Practice Approach

Christoph Bareither

C. Media as Materiality

13. The Materiality of the Virtual in Urban Space

Jordan Kraemer

14. Anthropology and Digitial Media: Multivocal Materialities of Video Meetings and Deafness

Rebekah Cupitt

15. Cloudwork: Data Centre Labour and the Maintenance of Media Infrastructure

A.R.E. Taylor

16. Media Anthropology and Emerging Technologies: Re-working Media Presence

Sarah Pink, Yolande Strengers, Melisa Duque, Larissa Nichols, and Rex Martin

D. Media as Representation

17. #Everest: Visual Economies of Leisure and Labour in the Tourist Encounter

Jolynna Sinanan

18. Postcolonial Digital Collections: Instruments, Mirrors, Agents

Haidy Geismar and Katja Müller

19. Ethnographies of the Digitally Dispossessed

Heather Ford

PART III: Thematic Considerations

A. Relationships

20. “Friends from WeChat Groups”: The Practice of Friendship via Social Media among Older People in China

Xinyuan Wang

21. Mediated Money and Social Relationships among Hong Kong Cross-boundary Students

Tom McDonald, Holy Hoi Ki Shum and Kwok Cheung Wong

22. Narratives of Digital Intimacy: Romanian Migration and Mediated Transnational Life

Donya Alinejad and Laura Candidatu

B. Social Inequality and Marginalisation

23. Mediating Hopes: Social Media and Crisis in Northern Italy

Elisabetta Costa

24. Digital Inequality and Relatedness in India after Access

Sirpa Tenhunen

25. In This Together: Black Women, Collective Screening Experiences, and Space-Making as Meaning-Making

Marlaina Martin

26. Black Gamer’s Refuge: Finding Community within the Magic Circle of Whiteness

Akil Fletcher

C. Identities and Social Change

27. Inking Identity: Indigenous Nationalism in Bolivian Tattoo Art

Nell Haynes

28. Being Known and Becoming Famous in Kampala, Uganda

Brooke Schwartz Bocast

29. The Hall of Mirrors: Negotiating Gender on Chilean Social Media

Baird Campbell

D. Political Conservatism

30. Media Anthropology and the Crisis of Facts

Peter Hervik

31. Conspiracy Media Ecologies and the Case for Guerilla Anthropology

Leighton C. Peterson and Jeb J. Card

32. Researching Political Trolls as Instruments of Political Conservatism in Turkey: A Historical Framework and Methodological Reflections on a Discourse Community

Erkan Saka

33. Performing Conservatism: A Study of Emerging Political Mobilisations in Latin America using “Social Media Drama” Analysis

Raúl Castro-Pérez

E. Surveillance

34. Algorithmic Violence in Everyday Life and the Role of Media Anthropology

Veronica Barassi

35. Queer and Muslim? Social Surveillance and Islamic Sexual Ethics on Twitter

Benjamin Ale-Ebrahim

36. Queer Sousveillance: Publics, Politics, and Social Media in South Korea

Alex Wolff

F. Emerging Technologies and Contemporary Challenges: Data, AI and VR

37. The Algorithmic Silhouette: New Technologies and the Fashionable Body

Heather A. Horst and Sheba Mohammid

38. Unlocking Heritage In Situ: Tourist Places and Augmented Reality in Estonia

Christian S. Ritter

39. Precarity, Discriminiation and (In)Visibility: An Ethnography of “The Algorithm” in the YouTube Influencer Industry

Zoë Glatt

40. AI Design and Everyday Logics in the Kalahari

Nicola J. Bidwell, Helen Arnold, Alan F. Blackwell, Charlie Nqeisji, |Kun Kunta, and Martin Ujakpa

41. Ethnography of/and Virtual Reality

Lisa Messeri


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