What debates about governance and citizenship were stirred by social media's use in the "Arab Spring"? How are emergent technology sectors in Accra and Bangalore impacting social structures, national economies, and transnational relations? How have mobile phones been used to invigorate democracy and deepen inequality in places like Jamaica and Kenya? Put more broadly, how are digital media shaping social and political life in the "global South"? While our approach to these questions will be broadly anthropological, we will also engage with texts from science and technology studies (STS), media studies, and critical theory. We will assess the social and political impact of both the technologies and the theories that frame them by examining concrete case studies of technological production and use. These case studies will be drawn from both secondary texts and primary materials, such as social media, blogs, and digital maps.
Section 301 - SEM - THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF BITS AND BYTES: DIGITAL MEDIA IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
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