Although practice theory has been a mainstay of social theory for nearly three decades, so far it has had very limited impact on media studies. This book draws on the work of practice theorists such as Wittgenstein, Foucault, Bourdieu, Barth and Schatzki and rethinks the study of media from the perspective of practice theory. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from places such as Zambia, India, Hong Kong, the United States, Britain, Norway and Denmark, the contributors address a number of important themes: media as practice; the interlinkage between media, culture and practice; the contextual study of media practices; and new practices of digital production. Collectively, these chapters make a strong case for the importance of theorising the relationship between media and practice and thereby adding practice theory as a new strand to the study of anthropology of media.
Table of Contents
PART 1 MEDIA AS PRACTICE
1. Theorising Media as Practice,
2. What Do We Mean by ‘Media Practices’?
3. Media as Practice: A Brief Exchange,
Nick Couldry and Mark Hobart
PART 2 MEDIA, CULTURE AND PRACTICE
4. From Fan Practice to Mediated Moments: The Value of Practice Theory in the Understanding of Media Audiences,
5. Thick Context, Deep Epistemology: A Meditation on Wide-Angle Lenses on Media, Knowledge Production and the Concept of Culture,
6. But It Is My Habit to Read the Times’: Metaculture and Practice in the Reading of Indian Newspapers,
Mark A. Peterson
7. Embedded/Embedding Media Practices and Cultural Production,
PART 3 MEDIA PRACTICES IN CONTEXT
8. Communication, Cognition and Usage: Epistemological Considerations of Media Practices and Processes,
9. Language-games, In/dividuals and Media Uses: What a Practice Perspective Should Imply for Media Studies,
10. A Barthian Approach to Practice and Media: Internet Engagements among Teleworkers in Rural Denmark,
11. Can Practice Theory Inspire Studies of ICTs in Everyday Life?
Toke H. Christensen and Inge Røpke
PART 4 NEW MEDIA PRODUCTION PRACTICES
12. Playful Practices: Theorising ‘New Media’ Cultural Production
Elisenda Ardèvol, Antoni Roig, Gemma San Cornelio, Ruth Pagès and Pau Alsina
13. Theorising the Practices of Free Software: The Movement
14. Cinematography and Camera Crew: Practice, Process and Procedure