To access most of my publications, including advanced drafts, see rmit.academia.edu/JohnPostill
Postill, J. in preparation. Digital Activism and Popular Protest in the 21st Century.
Postill, J., E. Ardevol and S. Tenhunen (eds.) in preparation. 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.
Postill, J. in preparation. The Twitter factor: microblogging and the making of transient publics.
Postill, J. in preparation. Socially awkward media: the risks and opportunities of doing Facebook ethnography.
Salazar, J., S. Pink and J. Postill in preparation. Ethnography and/of the future: anticipatory modes of theory, practice and intervention.
Postill, J. in press. A critical history of internet activism and social protest in Malaysia, 1998-2011. Digital Asia Journal, first thematic issue “Revisiting the Emancipatory Potential of Social Media in Asia”.
Postill, J. 2013. We are the 1%: rethinking national elites as protest participants. Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom), 26 November 2013.
Postill, J. forthcoming. The uneven convergence of digital freedom activism and popular protest: a global theory of the new protest movements. Submitted to the journal Convergence in September 2013, Special issue on “New Media, Global Activism and Politics” Vol. 20, no. 3 (August 2014).
Postill, J. 2014. Democracy in the age of viral reality: a media epidemiography of Spain’s indignados movement Ethnography 15 (1).
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. 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.
Postill, J. and F. Barlocco in preparation. 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.
Postill, J. and F. Osorio forthcoming. Mobile phones in the global South: a theory of media practice/change. In J. Postill, E. Ardevol and S. Tenhunen (eds) Theorising Media and Change.
Postill, J. forthcoming. Media and social changing since 1979: towards a diachronic ethnography of media and actual social changes. In J. Postill, E. Ardevol and S. Tenhunen (eds) Theorising Media and Change.
Postill, J. in press. 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 in press. 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.
Postill, J. forthcoming 2013. 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 as dynamic configurations of practices, games, and socialities. In V. Amit (ed.) Thinking Through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts. Oxford: Berghahn.
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.
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.
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