Avatar, Assembled : The Social and Technical Anatomy of Digital Bodies, Hardback Book

Avatar, Assembled : The Social and Technical Anatomy of Digital Bodies Hardback

Edited by Jaime Banks

Part of the Digital Formations series



Avatar, Assembled is a curated volume that unpacks videogame and virtual world avatars-not as a monolithic phenomenon (as they are usually framed) but as sociotechnical assemblages, pieced together from social (human-like) features like voice and gesture to technical (machine-like) features like graphics and glitches.

Each chapter accounts for the empirical, theoretical, technical, and popular understandings of these avatar "components"-60 in total-altogether offering a nuanced explication of avatars-as-assemblages as they matter in contemporary society and in individual experience.

The volume is a "crossover" piece in that, while it delves into complex ideas, it is written in a way that will be accessible and interesting to students, researchers, designers, and practitioners alike.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 328 pages, 9 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
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  • Category: Media studies
  • ISBN: 9781433138287



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