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New Book: Theorising Media and Practice (Bräuchler and Postill 2010)

November 25, 2010

Birgit Bräuchler and I are very pleased to announce the publication in both hardback and paperback of Bräuchler, B. and J. Postill (eds) 2010. Theorising Media and Practice. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.

This book is very much a product of the numerous conversations we’ve had down the years on the EASA Media Anthropology Network on practice approaches to media. We’re really grateful to all chapter contributors and to all of network members who have helped us think through some of the key questions.


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 anthropology of media.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephen Murphy permalink
    January 10, 2013 5:58 pm

    Hi John

    Just read your introduction to this book, sounds really interesting. I’m looking forward to to reading it. Just wondering if it is available to buy anywhere in digital format? Shipping costs seem quite high to get it to Ireland.


    • January 10, 2013 11:32 pm

      Hi Stephen. I don’t believe it is, unfortunately. I take it you’ve tried Amazon UK as well as the Book Directory?

      • Stephen Murphy permalink
        January 11, 2013 10:09 am

        I must have been redirected to when I tried last night. Just tried, they are going to dispatch at a standard rate. Thanks for your help John.


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