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Anonymity is highly contested, marking the limits of civil liberties and legality. Digital technologies of communication, identification, and surveillance put anonymity to the test. They challenge how anonymity can be achieved, and dismantled. Everyday digital practices and claims for transparency shape the ways in which anonymity is desired, done, and undone. The Book of Anonymity includes contributions by artists, anthropologists, sociologists, media scholars, and art historians. It features ethnographic research, conceptual work, and artistic practices conducted in France, Germany, India, Iran, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. From police to hacking cultures, from Bitcoin to sperm donation, from Yik-Yak to Amazon and IKEA, from DNA to Big Data — thirty essays address how the reconfiguration of anonymity transforms our concepts of privacy, property, self, kin, addiction, currency, and labor.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Donation Page, Title Page
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Preface: Writing Anonymity
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. A. Intro
  1. Toward a Kaleidoscopic Understanding of Anonymity
  2. pp. 15-34
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  1. Artistic Research on Anonymity
  2. pp. 35-68
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  1. B. Reconfiguration
  1. Anonymity and Transgression: Caste, Social Reform, and Blood Donation in India
  2. pp. 69-87
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  1. Anonymity: The Politicisation of a Concept
  2. pp. 88-109
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  1. USAE
  2. pp. 110-115
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  1. Big Data’s End Run around Anonymity and Consent
  2. pp. 116-141
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  1. A List of Famous Artists Who Used to Be Invigilators
  2. pp. 142-150
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  1. Anonymity as Everyday Phenomenon and as a Topic of Research
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. Anonymity on Demand: The Great Offshore
  2. pp. 167-186
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  1. C. Assault
  1. DNA Works! Merging Genetics and the Digital Realm
  2. pp. 187-209
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  1. Sanitary Policy and the Policy of Anonymity: Observations on a Game on Endocrine Disruptors
  2. pp. 210-225
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  1. Where Do the Data Live? Anonymity and Neighborhood Networks
  2. pp. 226-254
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  1. Fraught Platform Governmentality: Anonymity, Content Moderation, and Regulatory Strategies over Yik Yak
  2. pp. 255-274
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  1. Anonymity: Obsolescence and Desire
  2. pp. 275-285
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  1. Policing Normality: Police Work, Anonymity, and a Sociology of the Mundane
  2. pp. 286-292
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  1. D. Weapon
  1. Amazonian Flesh: How to Hang in Trees during Strike?
  2. pp. 293-305
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  1. Proximity, Distance, and State Powers: Policing Practices and the Regulation of Anonymity
  2. pp. 306-325
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  1. Dual Reality: (Un)Observed Magic in the Workplace
  2. pp. 236-335
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  1. Care or Control? Police, Youth, and Mutual Anonymity
  2. pp. 340-345
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  1. She Remembers
  2. pp. 346-354
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  1. E. Delight
  1. Collective Pleasures of Anonymity: From Public Restrooms to 4chan and Chatroulette
  2. pp. 355-378
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  1. Transformella Malor Ikeae: InnerCity Ikeality [4.4.6.11]
  2. pp. 379-393
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  1. Authenticity
  2. pp. 394-400
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  1. Longing for a Selfless Self and other Ambivalences of Anonymity: A Personal Account
  2. pp. 401-423
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  1. Speak their Endless Names
  2. pp. 424-432
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  1. Bitcoin Anonymous? Of Trust in Code and Paper
  2. pp. 433-446
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  1. Anonymity Workshop
  2. pp. 447-465
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. List of Artworks
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 471-480
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  1. Citation Guide
  2. pp. 481-485
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 486-487
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  1. Back Cover
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