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New Perspectives in Critical Data Studies

The Ambivalences of Data Power

Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Instigates debate on the role data and data infrastructures play in the public interest

  • Engages with issues related to welfare, public life, education, literacy and the practice of everyday life

  • Examines ambivalences between the state and data justice

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. New Perspectives in Critical Data Studies: The Ambivalences of Data Power—An Introduction

    • Andreas Hepp, Juliane Jarke, Leif Kramp
    Pages 1-23Open Access
  3. Global Infrastructures and Local Invisibilities

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
    2. Data Power and Counter-power with Chinese Characteristics

      • Jack Linchuan Qiu
      Pages 27-46Open Access
    3. The Power of Data Science Ontogeny: Thick Data Studies on the Indian IT Skill Tutoring Microcosm

      • Nimmi Rangaswamy, Haripriya Narasimhan
      Pages 75-96Open Access
    4. Fighting the “System”: A Pilot Project on the Opacity of Algorithms in Political Communication

      • Jonathan Bonneau, Laurence Grondin-Robillard, Marc Ménard, André Mondoux
      Pages 97-120Open Access
    5. Indigenous Peoples, Data, and the Coloniality of Surveillance

      • Donna Cormack, Tahu Kukutai
      Pages 121-141Open Access
  4. Everyday Practices and Collective Action

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 295-295
    2. Community Rankings and Affective Discipline: The Case of Fandometrics

      • Elena Maris, Nancy Baym
      Pages 323-343Open Access

About this book

This Open Access book examines the ambivalences of data power. Firstly, the ambivalences between global infrastructures and local invisibilities challenge the grand narrative of the ephemeral nature of a global data infrastructure. They make visible local working and living conditions, and the resources and arrangements required to operate and run them. Secondly, the book examines ambivalences between the state and data justice. It considers data justice in relation to state surveillance and data capitalism, and reflects on the ambivalences between an “entrepreneurial state” and a “welfare state”. Thirdly, the authors discuss ambivalences of everyday practices and collective action, in which civil society groups, communities, and movements try to position the interests of people against the “big players” in the tech industry. The book includes eighteen chapters that provide new and varied perspectives on the role of data and data infrastructures in our increasingly datafied societies.

Editors and Affiliations

  • ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Andreas Hepp, Juliane Jarke, Leif Kramp

  • ifib, Institute for Information Management Bremen, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Juliane Jarke

About the editors

Andreas Hepp is Professor of Media and Communications and Head of ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, Germany. He is the author of 12 monographs including The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Nick Couldry, 2017), Transcultural Communication (2015) and Cultures of Mediatization (2013). His latest book is Deep Mediatization (2020).

Juliane Jarke is a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib) and Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen, Germany. Jarke co-edited The Datafication of Education (with Andreas Breiter, 2019) and Probes as Participatory Design Practice (with Susanne Maaß, 2018). Her most recent book is Co-creating Digital Public Services for an Ageing Society (2020).

Leif Kramp is a post-doctoral media, communication and history scholar and Research Coordinator of the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research at the University of Bremen (ZeMKI), Germany. Kramp has authored and edited various books about the transformation of media and journalism and is a founding member of the German Association of Media and Journalism Criticism (VfMJ).


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