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Knox, H; (2020) Digital Devices. In: Lineages and Advancements in Material Culture Theory. (pp. 102-114). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter explores the anthropological significance of contemporary digital devices as forms of material culture. Prompted by the challenge that this aspect of digital devices poses to anthropological understandings of human/object relations, this chapter explores how such devices might fruitfully be studied by drawing on anthropological and philosophical approaches that have considered, not the sociality of objects, but the materiality of knowledge. The chapter explores how digital devices like smart-energy monitors come to participate in social relations by drawing attention to their role as knowledge-producing entities. This raises the questions of how the social production of knowledge has been theorised and understood in existing literature, and how this might help the people as we seek to consider in what sense digital devices might be said to be coming to operate as knowing objects.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Digital Devices
ISBN-13: 9781350127487
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781003085867
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003085867
Language: English
Additional information: This chapter is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117556
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