Digital Anthropology, 7.5 credits

The digital world is distinguished by a dynamic interplay between society and technology. The emergence of information and communication technology (ICT) has created new premises for social life, characterized by interactivity, communication, networks and translocality. In high tech societies, the Internet and mobile phones have become an integral part of daily life, but digital technology is of growing significance in developing countries as well, not least in relation to globalization. This course examines the development and use of ICT in different social and cultural contexts. Digital technology is treated as a cultural construct, the characteristics and impact of which are analyzed through social science theories of the interplay between technology and society. Ethnographies of Internet and mobile phone use in different parts of the world and in different digital environments will be used to examine issues such as culture, identity and social networks. The course will also examine different ethnographic research methods for digital anthropology.

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