Localizing the Internet : an anthropological account

POSTILL, John (2011). Localizing the Internet : an anthropological account. Anthropology of Media, 5 . Berghahn.

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Abstract

At a critical time of democratic reform across many parts of Southeast Asia, Subang Jaya is regarded as Malaysia's electronic governance laboratory. The focus of the study is Subang Jaya's field of residential affairs, a digitally mediated social field in which residents, civil servants, politicians, online journalists and other social agents struggle over how the locality is to be governed at the dawn of the Information Era.A" Drawing on the field theories of both Pierre Bourdieu and the Manchester School of political anthropology, this study challenges the unquestioned predominance of networkA" and communityA" as the two key sociation concepts in contemporary Internet studies. The analysis extends field theory in four new directions, namely the complex articulations between personal networking and social fields, the uneven diffusion and circulation of new field technologies and contents, intra- and inter-field political crises, and the emergence of new forms of residential sociality.

Item Type: Authored Book
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Depositing User: John Postill
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2011 11:33
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2014 12:43
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3599

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