An Introduction to New Media and Cybercultures
January 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- Considers cyberculture and new media through contemporary race, gender and sexuality studies and postcolonial theory
- Offers a clear analysis of some of the most complex issues in cybercultures, including identity, network societies, new geographies, and connectivity
- Includes discussions of gaming, social networking, geography, net-democracy, aesthetics, popular internet culture, the body, sexuality and politics
- Examines key questions in the political economy, racialization, gendering and governance of cyberculture
1. "Reading" Cybercultures.
2. Popular Cybercultures.
5. Gender and Sexualities.
6. Public Spaces.
7. Cybercultures: New Formations.
"Nayar's Introduction to Cyberculture pries open the issues that
make cyberspace so fascinating: race, class, gender, space, the
public, and the popular. This is essential reading for those
curious about new media."
—David W. Park, Lake Forest College, US
"Nayar makes a scintillating, significant contribution to a new
and burgeoning area of cultural studies in this acute yet lucid
introduction to new medias and cybercultures. He both maps the
field and makes you think."
—Brinda Bose, New Delhi University, India
"An accessible introduction to cybercultures that carefully
balances a broad range of ideas and concepts while outlining their
significance and impact on the digital world . . . a robustly
global overview of the cybercultural landscape."
—Tama Leaver, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
"Nayar's approach to digital culture is determinedly
postcolonial and firmly embedded in material conditions. This field
of knowledge moves quickly, but clear summaries and definitions
make this book both an invaluable introduction and an enduring
point of reference."
—Alice Ferrebe, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
"The New Media and Cybercultures Anthology moves
intelligently beyond the routinely anthologized voices of
cyberculture's first wave to give us a rich and diverse tapestry of
thinkers from the second--much needed update to a body of theory
that struggles to keep up with the pace of the world it
—Mark Cooley, George Mason University, US
"This is the book for the changing face of the 21st
century networked classroom. Revealing the up close and personal
revolution wrought by globalization 2.0, Pramod K. Nayar's New
Media and Cybercultures Anthology introduces the gendered,
spatialized, multimodal and mobile realities of social media, new
technologies and hybrid cultures in a user-generated world."
—Carolyn Guertin, eCreate Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, US
"This brilliantly edited collection skillfully weaves together
the important conversations currently taking place in the broad
field of cyberculture studies. This book is a vital read for
students of all levels, scholars in digital media studies, and
anyone interested in the changing cultural landscape of the digital
—Jason Farman, Washington State University, US
"Nayar's international assemblage of theoreticians provides a
timely sourcebook for the study of new media and cyberculture
within the context of cultural studies, and inspires deeper
dialectical research into questions of power and identity."
—Kirby Malone, Co-author, Live Movies: A Field Guide to New Media for the Performing Arts