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Title Towards an anthropology of data / edited by Rachel Douglas-Jones, Antonia Walford, and Nick Seaver
Imprint Chichester, West Sussex, UK : John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2021
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  GN42.5 T737 2021    AVAILABLE    30530001379478
Descript 179 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Series ; volume 27(Supp.)
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Special issue
Note Includes index
"Data is everywhere. While 'big' data may have once seemed limited to business or high tech, ethnographers are now finding data -- and its attendant values and practices -- in their fieldsites around the world. Data has motivated a sweep of dystopian visions, signalling the invasion of privacy, political manipulation, or shadowy data doubles. Yet anthropologists have been cautious in taking data itself as an object of theoretical interest, even as the effects of data become manifest in our ethnographies. This volume presents a set of theoretically inventive pieces that engage with data across its many locations, from government databases to ecological field stations, from kitchen tables to concrete bunkers. The contributors demonstrate how thinking with data can be conceptually generative for anthropology, prompting us to reconsider our understanding of topics including bodies, persons, and the social itself. 'Data' is a notoriously slippery concept, often supporting claims to remote objectivity and universality; by putting data in its place, the pieces collected here develop conceptual tools that will prove useful for anthropologists who find 'data' in their data"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Anthropology -- Research -- Methodology
Big data -- Social aspects
Data sets -- Social aspects
Alt Author Douglas-Jones, Rachel, editor
Walford, Antonia, editor
Seaver, Nick, editor
Wiley-Blackwell (Firm), publisher
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