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Digital and Offline

Partial Fields and Knowledge Producers

Narmala Halstead

Reflecting on an extended field online and offline, this forum offers timely reminders about certain vested capacities of digital anthropology, tasked with vastly transforming anthropological field engagements and offering spaces for retheorizing

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Child Protection Social Work in COVID-19

Reflections on Home Visits and Digital Intimacy

Sarah Pink, Harry Ferguson, and Laura Kelly

. Applied Digital Anthropology Communications technologies, such as smartphones are part of the ‘mundane intimacy of everyday life’; they are used for everyday checking, keeping in touch, experiencing feelings of ‘togetherness’ while physically apart

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Special Issue: Digital Truth-making

Anthropological Perspectives on Right-wing Politics and Social Media in “Post-truth” Societies

Christoph Bareither, Alexander Harder, and Dennis Eckhardt

How do users of social media platforms produce, shape and share truths online? In this introduction, we outline our understanding of digital truth-making as a process that builds on the affordances of digital infrastructures to entangle information with social, cultural and emotional dynamics in a way that co-constitutes beliefs and convictions about the world. The contributions to the special issue illuminate how different variations of this process can be illuminated with the help of digital ethnography and additional empirical methods. In doing so, they exemplify how digital anthropology can contribute to ongoing debates about populism and right-wing politics in “post-truth” digital societies.

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“Truthy” and “Sticky” Narratives of Euroscepticism

Narratological Approaches to Appropriateness in Digital Contexts

Stefan Groth

This article addresses markers of plausibility and felicity in Eurosceptic narratives on social media that are not based on facts but on sociocultural and contextual appropriateness. Appropriateness is understood here as the contextual fit for specific audiences which includes a range of social and situational factors involved in judgements about the conventionality and propriety of statements. I investigate the construction of appropriateness on Twitter, taking a narrative on the National Health Service in the context of Brexit as an example. I show how Eurosceptic narratives on social media become “truthy” and “sticky”, and how conditions of appropriateness are constructed on Twitter. I bring together approaches from narratology and digital anthropology to show how social media posts in political debate follow distinct evaluation criteria.

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Anthropology from Home

Advice on Digital Ethnography for the Pandemic Times

Magdalena Góralska

University College London's (UCL) Medical Anthropology and Centre for Digital Anthropology, have issued open calls for contribution that were announced between mid-March and mid-April 2020. While contributions to the journals’ special editions are yet to be

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Uncertain Masculinities

Hyperpolymediation and the Advent of (the) Post-Particular Man among Well-Dressed Men on Instagram

Joshua M. Bluteau

Landscapes of Men's Tailored Dress .” PhD Thesis, University of St Andrews . Bluteau , Joshua M. 2019 . “ Legitimising Digital Anthropology through Immersive Cohabitation: Becoming an Observing Participant in a Blended Digital Landscape .” Ethnography

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Digital anthropology by Horst, A. Heather and Daniel Miller

Fiona Murphy

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Introduction

Martin Holbraad

and Thomas Malaby's article, “Speculating (on the Digital and the Monetary),” takes stock of the development of digital anthropology as, by now, a well-established subfield within the discipline, asking, effectively, what it is to analyze the digital

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Speculating (on the Digital and the Monetary)

Yang Liu, Thomas Malaby, and Daniel Miller

Two Sides of the Coin In their volume framing digital anthropology as a new subfield, Heather Horst and Daniel Miller (2012: 5) define the digital as “everything that has been developed by, or can be reduced to, the binary—that is bits

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Introduction

Number Politics after Datafication

Moisés Kopper and Hannah Knox

-infused forms of quantification, then, we suggest that anthropology still has much to offer to the study of contemporary data politics – by bringing back into view questions of specificity, groundedeness and the everyday. As the field of digital anthropology