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The Digitizing Family

An Ethnography of Melanesian Smartphones

Authors: Hobbis, Geoffrey

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  • One of the first book-length efforts to address the lack of scholarship on digital material cultures and societies in Oceania
  • Contributes to key debates in anthropological engagements with technology, digital anthropology, and digital ethnography
  • Examines mobile technology in their totality, including telephony, the use of mobiles as multimedia devices, entertainment, flashlights, calculators, and beyond
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About this book

At once a digital ethnography of smartphones and a classically conceived village-based ethnography, this book relocates the study of digital technologies to rural Melanesia, with a focus on the Lau of Malaita, Soloman Islands. In this ‘technography’, Geoffrey Hobbis studies the materiality and functional attributes of smartphones and their object biographies—modes of acquisition, maintenance, uses, limitations and the problems specific to this region in adopting and adapting smartphones in everyday life. As he examines the various uses of smartphones, as both telephone and multimedia device, Hobbis also explores the social and cultural transformations, the hopes and uncertainties, with which they are associated. Ultimately, in bringing together a study of digital technologies with classical anthropological theory, The Digitizing Family develops a theory of smartphones as kinship technologies and supercompositional objects.

About the authors

Geoffrey Hobbis is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie, France, and lectured at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-34928-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Digitizing Family
Book Subtitle
An Ethnography of Melanesian Smartphones
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34929-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34929-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34928-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 225
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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