Uses of keyword ‘practices’ in four media anthropological collections(complete set)
Tools used: Google Books search engine + physical booksAim: to record and analyse the mainstream media anthropological uses of the key notion of ‘practices’ as part of preparation for introductory chapter to volume Bräuchler, B. and J.Postill (eds) (forthcoming)
Theorising Media and Practice
. Oxford and New York:Berghahn.John PostillSheffield Hallam University30 Jul. 08
Book 1: Ginsburg, F.D., L. Abu-Lughod and B. Larkin (eds.). 2002.
Media worlds. Anthropology on new terrain
. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Ginsburg, Abu-Lughod and Larkin p. 1 ‘we have attempted to use anthropology to push media studies into new environmentsand examine diverse media practices that are only beginning to be mapped’ p. 1 TV watching occurs ‘as part of “a set of daily practices and discourses…through whichthat complex act is itself constituted” ([Silverstone] 1994: 133) p 2 ‘…wider concept of ethnography that gives us purchase on the wider social fields withinwhich media practices operate’ p. 2 Western media theory ‘has established a cultural grid of media theory with the effect of bringing into visibility only certain types of media technologies and practices’ p. 4 ‘This revisionist work in visual anthropology also draws on postcolonial studies (as wellas film practices) addressing the complexities of cross-cultural representation…, as well asminority…, diasporic…, and small media practices’ p. 5 ‘Many anthropologists found media a rich site for research on cultural practices andcirculation’ p. 6 ‘This [Appadurai-inspired] argument… challenges the ontology of the text, arguinginstead that the meaning of texts and objects is enacted through practices of reception’ p. 6 ‘Through grounded analyses of the practices, cultural worlds, and even fantasies of socialactors … we have begun to unbundle assumptions regarding the political economy and socialrelations shaping media production, circulation and reception, and the impacts of mediatechnologies themselves’ p. 7 ‘the different kinds of media practices represented in this volume can be placed on asociopolitical continuum reflected in the different sections of the book’ p. 7 ‘On one end are the more classic formations of mass media produced through largegovernmental and commercial institutions intent on constituting modern citizens and