Digital Expressions of the Self(ie): The Social Life of Selfies in India

Avishek Ray, Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan, Usha Raman, Martin Webb, Neha Gupta, Sai Amulya Komarraju, Anuja Premika, Riad Azam, Farhat Salim, Pranavesh Subramanian

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    The book examines the social and cultural role of selfies in India. It looks at how the selfie, unlike the photograph, which was a gesture towards an external reality, remains intimately self-referential, yet reconfigures social ordering, identity formation, agency, and spaces in curious ways.This volume approaches questions about the construction and performance of the self through the digital selfie and uses this situated, contextualized, and culturally specific phenomenon as a site to explore the themes of self-making, place-making, gender, subjectivity, and power. Highlighting the specific contexts of production, the authors examine the array of self-expressive capabilities realized in a multitude of uses of the selfie that simultaneously reconfigure the self, the space, and the world.An important study of visual social media culture, the volume will be useful for interpreting everyday media experiences and will be of interest to students and researchers of image studies, visual studies, photography studies, visual culture, media studies, culture studies, cultural anthropology, digital humanities, popular culture, sociology of technology, and South Asian studies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationDigital Expressions of the Self(ie)
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Social Life of Selfies in Indian
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages133
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003847311
    ISBN (Print)9781032694788
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2024

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities
    • General Social Sciences


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