Researching a Posthuman World

Interviews with Digital Objects

  • Catherine Adams
  • Terrie Lynn Thompson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Catherine Adams, Terrie Lynn Thompson
    Pages 1-22
  3. Catherine Adams, Terrie Lynn Thompson
    Pages 23-56
  4. Catherine Adams, Terrie Lynn Thompson
    Pages 57-86
  5. Catherine Adams, Terrie Lynn Thompson
    Pages 87-106
  6. Catherine Adams, Terrie Lynn Thompson
    Pages 107-117
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 119-139

About this book


This book provides a practical approach for applying posthumanist insights to qualitative research inquiry. Adams and Thompson invite readers to embrace their inner – and outer – cyborg as they consider how today’s professional practices and everyday ways of being are increasingly intertwined with digital technologies. Drawing on posthuman scholarship, the authors offer eight heuristics for “interviewing objects” in an effort to reveal the unique – and sometimes contradictory – contributions the digital is making to work, learning and living. The heuristics are drawn from Actor Network Theory, phenomenology, postphenomenology, critical media studies and related sociomaterial approaches. This text offers a theoretically informed yet practical approach for asking critical questions of digital and non-digital things in professional and personal spaces, and ultimately, for considering the ethical and political implications of a technology mediated world. A thought-provoking and innovative study, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of technology studies, digital learning, and sociology.


qualitative research Posthuman Actor Network Theory phenomenology post-phenomenology digital data interviewing objects socio-material digital fluencies meshwork digital devices research methods

Authors and affiliations

  • Catherine Adams
    • 1
  • Terrie Lynn Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Secondary EducationUniversity of Alberta EdmontonCanada
  2. 2.The School of Social SciencesUniversity of StirlingStirlingUnited Kingdom

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