Locating Emerging Media

Ethnographic Reflections on Culture, Selfhood, and Place

Authored by: Jordan Kraemer

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138940918
eBook ISBN: 9781315673974
Adobe ISBN: 9781317377788


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Media have long shaped identities linked to place. Just as print media helped foster nationally imagined communities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, emerging digital and social media are implicated in global and transnational networks in the twentieth. Yet new communication technologies, from mobile phones to the Internet, are not necessarily engendering the global world once predicted; instead, multiple social worlds and experiences of place proliferate. Ethnographic approaches provide insight into shifting configurations of identity, selfhood, and place through a critical empiricism that makes possible research across diverse sites and contexts, digital or otherwise.

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