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Anthropological Data in the Digital Age

New Possibilities – New Challenges

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  • Wide-ranging collection discussing the impact of digital technology and digital data collection on anthropological practice
  • Discusses data such as texts, audio, photography, and film/video from perspectives ranging from the technical to the ethical
  • Sets forth thoughts on the future directions of digital scholarship, particularly in the social sciences

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Table of contents (12 chapters)


About this book

For more than two decades, anthropologists have wrestled with new digital technologies and their impacts on how their data are collected, managed, and ultimately presented. Anthropological Data in the Digital Age compiles a range of academics in anthropology and the information sciences, archivists, and librarians to offer in-depth discussions of the issues raised by digital scholarship. The volume covers the technical aspects of data management—retrieval, metadata, dissemination, presentation, and preservation—while at once engaging with case studies written by cultural anthropologists and archaeologists returning from the field to grapple with the implications of producing data digitally. Concluding with thoughts on the new considerations and ethics of digital data, Anthropological Data in the Digital Age is a multi-faceted meditation on anthropological practice in a technologically mediated world. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA

    Jerome W. Crowder

  • Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, USA

    Mike Fortun

  • Missouri State University, Springfield, USA

    Rachel Besara

  • University of California, Davis, USA

    Lindsay Poirier

About the editors

Jerome W. Crowder is Associate Professor of Preventative Medicine and Community Health and Associate Director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA.

Mike Fortun is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

Rachel Besara is Associate Dean of Libraries at Missouri State University, USA.

Lindsay Poirier is Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of California, Davis, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Anthropological Data in the Digital Age

  • Book Subtitle: New Possibilities – New Challenges

  • Editors: Jerome W. Crowder, Mike Fortun, Rachel Besara, Lindsay Poirier

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-24924-3Published: 13 November 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-24927-4Published: 13 November 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-24925-0Published: 01 November 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 270

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Anthropology, Methodology of the Social Sciences, Research Methodology, Media Sociology

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