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Publications

To access most of my publications, including advanced drafts, see rmit.academia.edu/JohnPostill

Books

Postill, J. in preparation. Freedom Technologists and Political Change in an Age of Global Protest.

Postill, J., E. Ardevol and S. Tenhunen (eds.) forthcoming. Theorising Media and Change.

Postill, J. 2011. Localizing the Internet: An Anthropological Account. Oxford and New York: Berghahn. See draft Introduction.

Bräuchler, B. and J. Postill (eds) 2010. Theorising Media and Practice. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.

Postill, J. 2006. Media and Nation Building: How the Iban Became Malaysian. Oxford and New York: Berghahn. Paperback edition published in July 2008. See reviews.

Articles

Postill, J. in preparation. The Twitter factor: microblogging and the making of transient publics.

Postill, J. in preparation. Performing, narrating and calculating the future of democracy: the complex digital futurities of Spain’s Partido X.

Postill, J. in preparation. The technopolitics of citizenship: internet activism and political change in Spain. To be submitted to the Journal of Mediterranean Politics, special issue on the crisis of citizenship in the Mediterranean basin.

Khairuddin, M.A., A. Rao and J. Postill forthcoming. Social media: A new campaigning ground for Malaysian elections. To be submitted to New Media and Society.

Postill, J. and A. Monterde forthcoming. The mediation of protest identities: the case of Spain’s indignados movement. Special issue of Information, Communication and Society on social media and emerging protest identities.

Postill, J. in press. Freedom technologists and the new protest movements: a theory of protest formulas. Special issue of Convergence journal, “New Media, Global Activism and Politics” Vol. 20, no. 3 (2014).

Postill, J. 2014. A critical history of internet activism and social protest in Malaysia, 1998-2011. Asiascape: Digital Asia Journal 1-2: 78-103.

Postill, J. 2014. Democracy in an age of viral reality: a media epidemiography of Spain’s indignados movement Ethnography 15 (1): 50-68.

Postill, J. 2013. We are the one percent: rethinking national elites as protest participants. Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom), 26 November 2013.

Postill, J. and S. Pink 2012. Social media ethnography: the digital researcher in a messy web. Media International Australia 145 , 123-134.

Postill, J. 2010. ‘Researching the Internet‘, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 16 (3), 646–650.

Postill, J. 2009. What is the point of media anthropology?Social Anthropology 17(3), 334-337, 340-342.

Postill, J. 2008 Localising the internet beyond communities and networks, New Media and Society 10 (3), 413-431; pre-publication version

Postill, J. 2003 ‘The mediated production of ethnicity and nationalism among the Iban of Sarawak (II), 1977-1997. Borneo Research Bulletin, Vol. 33.

Postill, J. 2003 ‘ Knowledge, literacy, and media among the Iban of Sarawak: a reply to Maurice Bloch’, in Social Anthropology, Vol 11, no. 1, 79-100.

Postill, J. 2002 ‘ Clock and calendar time: a missing anthropological problem’, in Time and Society, 11, 251-270.

Postill, J.  2002 ‘Using maps and diagrams to teach a region-based anthropology’, in Anthropology in Action, Special Issue on the Uses of Visual Methods in the Teaching and Learning of Anthropology, June 2002.

Postill, J. 2002 ‘The mediated production of ethnicity and nationalism among the Iban of Sarawak, 1954-1976′ in Borneo Research Bulletin, Vol. 32.

Postill, J. 1999 ‘The impact of television and radio on rural Iban: an ethnographic report’. Sarawak Development Journal 2 (2): 91-109.

Postill, J. 1998 ‘Little by little, a national subculture is made: the role of modern media in the institutional  transformations of Iban society’, in Borneo Research Bulletin 29: 95-128.

Postill, J. 1997 ’Social Significance of Media Among the Iban of Sarawak’, in Borneo Research Bulletin 28:156.

Postill, J. 1996 ‘A Sandinist counterattack in Borneo: a late reply to Derek Freeman’ (in Spanish), in Anales del Museo Nacional de Antropologia III: 53-62, Madrid.

Book chapters

Postill, J. forthcoming. The anthropology of social media. In Durrenberger, E. P., and Erem, S. Anthropology Unbound: A field guide to the 21st century, 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Postill, J. and M. Peterson forthcoming. Media anthropology. In P. Barbaro (ed) Cultural Anthropology, UNESCO Encyclopaedia of Life Supporting Systems (EOLSS). Paris: UNESCO.

Postill, J. and F. Barlocco forthcoming. Media and sociocultural change in Borneo, 1945-2013. In King, Zawawi and Hassan (eds). Borneo Studies:  Past, Present and Future. Springer.

Postill, J. forthcoming. The multilinearity of protest: understanding new social movements through their events, trends and routines. In Othon Alexandrakis (ed). Method Acting: The Anthropology of New Social Movements. Zone Books (MIT Press).

Postill, J. forthcoming. Public anthropology in times of media hybridity and global upheaval. In S. Abram and S. Pink (eds.) Media, Anthropology and Public Engagement. Oxford: Berghahn.

Postill, J. in press. Fields: Dynamic configurations of practices, games, and socialities. In V. Amit (ed.) Thinking Through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts. Oxford: Berghahn.

Vered A. with S. Anderson, V. Caputo, J. Postill, D. Reed-Danahay, and G. Vargas-Cetina in press. Thinking through sociality: the importance of mid-level concepts. In V. Amit (ed.) Thinking Through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts. Oxford: Berghahn.

Postill, J. 2014. Spain’s indignados and the mediated aesthetics of nonviolence. In P. Werbner, K. Spellman-Poots and M. Webb (eds) The Political Aesthetics of Global Protest: Beyond the Arab Spring. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Monterde, A. and J. Postill 2014. Mobile ensembles: The uses of mobile phones for social protest by Spain’s indignados. In G. Goggin and L. Hjorth (eds.) Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. London: Routledge, 429-438.

Postill, J. 2012. Localising the internet beyond communities and networks. In C. Hine (ed.) Virtual Research Methods. London: Sage. Reprinted from Postill (2008), see above.

Postill, J. 2012. Digital politics and political engagement. In H. Horst and D. Miller (eds) Digital Anthropology. Oxford: Berg.

Postill, J. 2010. Introduction: Theorising media and practice. In B. Bräuchler and J. Postill (eds) Theorising Media and Practice. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.

Postill, J. 2010. Running cyburbia: new media and local governance in Subang Jaya. In Yeoh Seng Guan (ed) Media, Culture and Power in Malaysia, London and New York: Routledge.

Postill, J. 2010. The Dayak Festival as a media ritual. In Yeoh Seng Guan (ed) Media, Culture and Power in Malaysia, London and New York: Routledge.

Postill, J. 2009. Dramas, fields and threads: exploring sociality in a Malaysian cyberdistrict. In M. I. Srinivasan and R.R. Mathur (eds) Ethnography and the Internet: An Exploration. Hyderabad: Ifcai University Press.

Postill, J. 2008 The mediated production of ethnicity and nationalism among the Iban of Sarawak, 1953-1976. In Z. Ibrahim (ed) Representation, Identity and Multiculturalism in Sarawak. Bangi: Malaysian Social Science Association and Dayak Cultural Foundation.

Postill, J. 2005. Internet y epidemiología cultural en Malaisia: reflexiones desde la antropología cognitiva. In Ardevol, E. and J. Grau (eds) Antropología de los Media.  Seville: AA.EE.

Essays, working papers and short pieces

Postill, J. 2012. Participatory media research and Spain’s 15M movement, Cultural Anthropology, August 2012.

Postill, J. 2011. The unevenness of social change. Media and Social Change, 3 June 2011.

Postill, J. 2010. Publicity begins at home, Anthropology & Publicity, 4 Nov 2010.

Postill, J. 2008. What is practice theory?, media/anthropology, 30 Oct 2008.

Postill, J. 2007 Field theory and the political process black box: analysing internet activism in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, antropologi.info blog.

Postill, J. 2005 Media anthropology in a world of states. Working paper to the EASA Media Anthropology e-Seminar Series, 19-26 April 2005.

Reviews

Postill, J. forthcoming. Review of Skuse, A., M. Gillespie and G. Power (2012) Drama for Development: Cultural Translation and Social Change. London: Sage, for Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI).

Postill, J. 2011. Review of Bird, S.E. ed. (2010) The Anthropology of News and Journalism: Global perspectives. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, for Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

Postill, J.2010. Review of Cultural Diversity and Global Media by Eugenia Siapera
(2010 Wiley-Blackwell) for the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics.

Postill, J. 2008 Review of Dale F. Eickelman and Jon W. Anderson, eds., New Media and the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere, 2nd ed. (Indiana University Press, 2003), in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Postill, J. 2007 Review of Evens and Handelman (eds) The Manchester School: Practice and Ethnographic Praxis in Anthropology (2006) for Ethnos 72: 4, pp. 563-565

Postill, J. 2007 Review of Olson and Torrance (eds) The Making of Literate Societies (2001) for Social Anthropology 15(2), pp. 262-264

Postill, J. 2006 Review of B. Bräuchler, B. 2005. Cyberidentities at War: Der Molukkenkonflikt im Internet. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, in Ethnos 70 (3).

Postill, J. 2006 Review of P. Hopper Rebuilding Communities in an Age of Individualism (2003) for Comparative Sociology 5 (1), 89-91.

Postill, J. 2004 Review of R. Aunger The Electric Meme (2003) in Ethnos 70 (2): 267-9.

Postill, J. 2004 Review of R. Foster Materializing the Nation (2002) in Ethnos 69: 1.

Postill, J. 2004 Review of N. Couldry Media Rituals (2003) in Anthropological Theory, February 2004.

Postill, J. 2003  Review of D. Holland et al’s Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds(1999) in Anthropological Theory 3 (4): 511-512.

Postill, J. 2003 Review of D.E. Anderson and J.P.H. Poon (eds) Asia-Pacific Transitions (2001) in Comparative Sociology (2) 3: 571.

Reports

Postill, J. 2005 Community Forums and News in Subang Jaya – Malaysia. Report commissioned by the UK Local E-democracy National Project, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

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