Exploring the Selfie

Historical, Theoretical, and Analytical Approaches to Digital Self-Photography

Editors: Eckel, Julia, Ruchatz, Jens, Wirth, Sabine (Eds.)

  • The first comprehensive volume on the current and publicly debated topic of selfies
  • Offers approaches from a broader field of disciplines
  • Provides a theoretical as well as a media-historical basis for investigating the selfie as an image practice
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About this book

This volume explores the selfie not only as a specific photographic practice that is deeply rooted in digital culture, but also how it is understood in relation to other media of self-portrayal. Unlike the public debate about the dangers of 'selfie-narcissism', this anthology discusses what the practice of taking and sharing selfies can tell us about media culture today: can the selfie be critiqued as an image or rather as a social practice? What are the technological conditions of this form of vernacular photography? By gathering articles from the fields of media studies; art history; cultural studies; visual studies; philosophy; sociology and ethnography, this book provides a media archaeological perspective that highlights the relevance of the selfie as a stereotypical as well as creative practice of dealing with ourselves in relation to technology.

About the authors

Julia Eckel is Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute of Media Studies at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. 

Jens Ruchatz is Professor of audiovisual transfer processes at the Institute of Media Studies at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. 
Sabine Wirth is Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute of Media Studies at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany.

Reviews

“This is a highly nuanced and balanced offering of high quality scholarship on "selfie" theory and history, the selfie as an aesthetic object and networked image, its technology and dispositif, and its socio-political and creative interventions.” (Athina Karatzogianni, University of Leicester, UK)

“Exploring the Selfie” provides a substantial, multifaceted, interdisciplinary perspective on digital self-photography. The selfie is a photographic and cultural phenomenon in an age where the practices of photography are affected strongly by mobile and online communication and many of the popular social media platforms are based on visual communication. The volume assembles a wonderfully rich and many-sided “image” of the selfie as part of contemporary visual culture – that also has a history.” (Mikko Villi, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • The Selfie as Image (and) Practice: Approaching Digital Self-Photography

    Eckel, Julia (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • The Consecration of the Selfie: A Cultural History

    Gunthert, André

    Pages 27-47

  • Selfie Reflexivity: Pictures of People Taking Photographs

    Ruchatz, Jens

    Pages 49-82

  • Locating the Selfie within Photography’s History—and Beyond

    Belden-Adams, Kris

    Pages 83-94

  • The Selfie as Feedback: Video, Narcissism, and the Closed-Circuit Video Installation

    Krewani, Angela

    Pages 95-109

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eBook $99.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57948-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploring the Selfie
Book Subtitle
Historical, Theoretical, and Analytical Approaches to Digital Self-Photography
Editors
  • Julia Eckel
  • Jens Ruchatz
  • Sabine Wirth
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57949-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57949-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57948-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 392
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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