Introduction: The digital self(ie) and world-making

Avishek Ray, Usha Raman, Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan, Martin Webb

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    With the increasing use of digital media as a space not only for communication but also creation and curation of identity, the selfie becomes an object of scholarly interest from multiple disciplinary perspectives. This introductory chapter lays out the theoretical foundations that the volume draws on and departs from, opening up questions of production, circulation, and reception of the digital selfie in its myriad mutable forms, while teasing out the contextual and material contexts within which these processes occur. We argue that the existing modes of theorizing self-portraiture (as in photography and art) may be inadequate when attempting to understand this digital mode of [re]presentation, and offer a different set of frames within which to view and examine the digital self(ie).

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationDigital Expressions of the Self(ie)
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Social Life of Selfies in India
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages10
    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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