Digital Environments: Ethnographic Perspectives Across Global Online and Offline Spaces

Digital Environments: Ethnographic Perspectives Across Global Online and Offline Spaces


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Digital technology has permeated the physical world. Devices such as smartphones, tablets, or wearables and online venues like virtual worlds and social networks have penetrated every part of our lives. The contributions to this volume apply innovative forms of ethnographic research to the digital realm. They examine the emergence of new online communities around Greenlandic news blogs or Malaysian LGBT Facebook groups, the rise of transnational migrant networks facilitated by social media, or the representation of conflicts and the proliferation of ideologies within online spaces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783837634976
Publisher: Transcript-Verlag
Publication date: 07/05/2017
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Urte Undine Frömming is professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Steffen Köhn is the program coordinator of the M.A. program in visual and media anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Samantha Fox is currently a Ph.D candidate in anthropology at Columbia University in New York.

Mike Terry is research associate in the research area Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sarah Pink 9

Digital Environments and the Future of Ethnography: An Introduction Urte Undine Frömming Steffen Köhn Samantha Fox Mike Terry 13

Part 1 Digital Communities and the Re-Creation of the Self and Social Relationships Online

A Comment on East Greenland Online: Media Commenting Systems as Spaces for Public Debate with a Focus on East Greenland in the Greenlandic Media Jóhanna Björk Sveinbjörnsdóttir 25

Welcome Home: An Ethnography on the Experiences of Airbnb Hosts in Commodifying Their Homes Brigitte Borm 39

How has the Internet Determined the Identity of Chilean Gay Men in the Last Twenty Years? Juan Francisco Riumalló Grüzmacher 53

Red Packets in the Real and Virtual Worlds: How Multi-Function WeChat Influences Chinese Virtual Relationships Xiaojing Ji 67

Antifeminism Online: MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) Jie Liang Lin 77

Exploring the Potentials and Challenges of Virtual Distribution of Contemporary Art Jonas Blume 97

Blind and Online: An Ethnographic Perspective on Everyday Participation Within Blind and Visually Impaired Online Communities Olivier Llouquet 117

How Has Social Media Changed the Way We Grieve?: Ellen Lapper 127

Watch Me, I'm Live: Periscope and the "New-Individualistic" Need for Attention Dario Bosio 143

Part 2 Political Digital Environments and Activism Online

Hair, Blood and the Nipple: Instagram Censorship and the Female Body Gretchen Faust 159

Berlin, Wie bitte?: An Exploration of the Construction of Online Platforms for the Mutual Support of Young Spanish Immigrants in Berlin Teresa Tiburcio Jiménez 171

An Exploration of the Role of Twitter in the Discourse Around Race in South Africa: Using the #Feesmustfall Movement as a Pivot for Discussion Suzanne Beukes 195

Migration, Political Art and Digitalization Sara Wiederkehr Gonzáles 211

"You're Not Left Thinking That You're The Only Gay in the Village": The Role of the Facebook Group Seksualiti Merdeka in the Malaysian LGBT Community Veera Helena Pitkänen 227

Finding a Visual Voice: The #Euromaidan Impact on Ukrainian Instagram Users Karly Domb Sadof 239

Google A Religion: Expanding Notions of Religion Online Joanna Sleigh 251

Notes on Contributors 263

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