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The digital ethnography of law

Studying online hate speech online and offline

Richard Ashby Wilson

systematic digital ethnography of law. Studying the regulation of hate speech online and offline In 2018, I was approached by the Center for Human Rights of the American Bar Association (ABA) to write about attacks on human rights defenders 2 in

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Repetitions of Desire

Queering the One Direction Fangirl

Hannah McCann and Clare Southerton

the idea that shipping involving RPS/RPF is necessarily ethically dubious. Drawing on a digital ethnography via Twitter, we suggest attention to specific online practices and narrative constructions within the fandom reveals that Larries undertake

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Anthropology from Home

Advice on Digital Ethnography for the Pandemic Times

Magdalena Góralska

need to introduce to get back to work. With digital ethnography being temporarily the only way around pandemic restrictions, this article offers basic advice on what to be aware of when beginning the adventure with online fieldwork. Building on the

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Living the Dream or Surviving a Nightmare?

Cody Rodriguez

answering the question of whether living the dream is surviving or thriving? Methods: Digital Ethnography as a Strength amidst Covid Disruption A digital ethnographic approach was embraced to engage in meaningful interactions with potential

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Rethinking Religious Festivals in the Era of Digital Ethnography

Chiara Cocco and Aleida Bertran

of ‘the field’, posing new questions about the relationship between researcher and interlocutors. With little alternative, even researchers who rarely engaged with digital ethnography have embraced it despite the persistence of both social barriers

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Spain and the Old Regime of Post-truth

Freedom of Speech, Ritualised Politics, and Postmemory on Social Media

Raquel Campos Valverde

The Spanish legal framework inherited from the Franco dictatorship (1939‒75) and its recent development foster political dynamics that ordain it as an old regime of post-truth, where denialism of fascist history is the official truth. Through digital ethnography I demonstrate that this kind of post-truth is further amplified through digital platforms, although there is also room for countercultural practices of antifascist truth-making in Spanish digital media. The lack of freedom of speech and the ritualisation of political discussion can hinder democratic truth-making practices, but postmemory forms of engagement with digital media also offset the impact of denialist post-truth. The conclusion questions whether the democratic liminality of the Spanish public sphere online and offline provide a breeding ground for post-truth.

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Digital Failures in Abolitionist Ethnography

Jason Bartholomew Scott

of failure, sometimes expressed as a momentary loss of purpose and intent, became an essential condition for how I understood both twenty-first-century activist movements and the potentials for digital ethnography. Social media can amplify a plurality

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Digital ethnography: anthropology, narrative, and new media by Underberg, Natalie M. and Elayne Zorn

Martin Slama

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God's Viral Warriors

Christian Nationalism, Masculinity, and the Representation of Self

Jason Luger


This article introduces the character of the viral God warrior: the online/offline represented/performed self of Christianity, nationalism (e.g., Christian Nationalism), muscular masculinity, and, significantly, whiteness. Through an online ethnography focusing on critical visual and discourse analyses, and critically reading semiotic signposts and codes, the article suggests that this emergent masculinity is complex, contradictory, and not easily categorized as “open” or “closed,” toxic or desirable. It is, like masculinity more broadly, hybridized, dynamically fluid, and intersectional. Nonetheless, it is a troubling masculinity in the way it allows for a meeting of extremism and the mainstream and acts as a sanitizing mask (through the vectors of faith, health and patriotism) that belies latent racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and authoritarian (and fascistic) characteristics that virally disseminate through broader society and culture.

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Physically Distant – Socially Intimate

Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation

Marion Hamm


In the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic situation, physical interaction and public performances became difficult, while use of digital media for public and private purposes was extended and intensified. This affected citizens’ right of assembly and led to new forms of collective sociality. This article analyses how social intimacy was re-arranged during lockdown through a thick description of mediated performances circulating on Italy's Day of Liberation from Nazi fascism. It examines how a politicised commemoration of resistance echoed fears and desires relating to the virus and enabled the production of subjectivities in a transnational techno-social environment. Combining Lauren Berlant's concept of intimate publics with theories of media, social movements, mediation and national identity, it offers an analytical framework detailing three layers of social intimacy: spatial/corporeal materiality, biography and mediation.