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Digital Truth-making Among the New Chinese Online Fandom Nationalists

Between Online Popular Culture and Political Participation

Chenyang Song

In recent years, the rise of digital populist and/or nationalist movement and the post-truth phenomenon have affected the political landscapes of many countries, including China. This article focuses on how pop-cultural practices and practices of political participation intertwine in the digital truth-making process of Chinese online “fandom nationalists”. Using over one year of ethnographic mixed-methods data analysis following relevant hashtags and chat groups, I illustrate the truth-making practices of these online users and their clear preference for information with ideological affinities. I argue that the social media affordances allow Chinese online fandom nationalists to create various forms of strong synergies between pop-/fandom-cultural and political practices that provide an ideal ground for the propagation of certain political truths while simultaneously suppressing/hiding the truths of others.

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Doing Emotion through Digital Media

An Ethnographic Perspective on Media Practices and Emotional Affordances

Christopher Bareither

This article develops an ethnographic approach for analyzing the entanglements of digital media and emotions in everyday life. Using the practice of taking selfies at the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” in Berlin as an example, it engages in a discussion of practice and affordance theories as well as ethnographic approaches to the study of emotions. In three related sections, it offers a particular conceptualization of “media practices” which builds upon the concept of “affordances,” an introduction to the analysis of “emotional practices,” and a section proposing the ethnographic concept of “emotional affordances.” This concept, the article argues, can serve as a key link in understanding doing emotion through digital media.

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Black Spatial Affordances and the Residential Ecologies of the Great Migration

Amani C. Morrison

acts that might bring us closer to quotidian negotiation of the “weather” in places deemed placeless that were, despite that, home for many, like the Chicago Black Belt's kitchenette building. 10 Affordance theory, adopted by the field of design

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Global Black Ecologies

Justin Hosbey, Hilda Lloréns, and J. T. Roane

and transforming it. Amani C. Morrison's article, “Black Spatial Affordances and the Residential Ecologies of the Great Migration,” riffs off of psychological ecologist James J. Gibson's affordance theory, positing Black spatial affordance as a

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Eschatology, Ethics, and Ēthnos

Ressentiment and Christian Nationalism in the Anthropology of Christianity

Jon Bialecki

identify. The answer has to do with ethics, which is made thinkable thanks to anthropology’s recent interest in that topic. Recent anthropological interest in ethics has taken a variety of paths: affordance theory ( Keane 2016 ), Aristotelian ( Lambek 2000