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The SAGE Handbook of Web History

The SAGE Handbook of Web History

First Edition
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December 2018 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Web has been with us now for almost 25 years. An integral part of our social, cultural and political lives, ‘new media’ is simply not that new anymore. Despite the rapidly expanding archives of information at our disposal, and the recent growth of interest in web history as a field of research, the information available to us still far outstrips our understanding of how to interpret it. 

The SAGE Handbook of Web History marks the first comprehensive review of this subject to date. Its editors emphasise two main different forms of study: the use of the web as an historical resource, and the web as an object of study in its own right. Bringing together all the existing knowledge of the field, with an interdisciplinary focus and an international scope, this is an incomparable resource for researchers and students alike. 

Part One: The Web and Historiography

Part Two: Theoretical and Methodological Reflections

Part Three: Technical and Structural Dimensions of Web History

Part Four: Platforms on the Web

Part Five: Web History and Users, some Case Studies

Part Six: The Roads Ahead

Steve Jones
Foreword: The Web as Counterpart
Niels Brügger & Ian Milligan
Part 01: The Web and Historiography
Ian Milligan
Chapter 1: Historiography and the Web
Niels Brügger
Chapter 2: Understanding the Archived Web as a Historical Source
Peter Webster
Chapter 3: Existing Web Archives
Richard Rogers
Chapter 4: Periodizing web archiving: Biographical, event-based, national and autobiographical traditions
Part 02: Theoretical and Methodological Reflections
Valérie Schafer & Benjamin G. Thierry
Chapter 5: Web History in Context
Francesca Musiani & Valérie Schafer
Chapter 6: Science and Technology Studies Approaches to Web History
Ralph Schroeder
Chapter 7: Theorizing the Uses of the Web
Stine Lomborg
Chapter 8: Ethical considerations for web archives and web history research
Federico Nanni
Chapter 9: Collecting Primary Sources from Web Archives: A Tale of Scarcity and Abundance
Michael Stevenson & Anat Ben-David
Chapter 10: Network Analysis for Web History
Anthony Cocciolo
Chapter 11: Quantitative Web History methods
Anat Ben-David & Adam Amram
Chapter 12: Computational Methods for Web History
Justin Joque
Chapter 13: Visualizing Historical Web Data
Part 03: Technical and Structural Dimensions of Web History
Michael L. Nelson & Herbert Van de Sompel
Chapter 14: Adding the Dimension of Time to HTTP
Belinda Barnet
Chapter 15: Hypertext Before the Web - or, What the Web Could Have Been
Anne Helmond
Chapter 16: A historiography of the hyperlink: Periodizing the web through the changing role of the hyperlink
Alexander Halavais
Chapter 17: How Search Shaped and Was Shaped by the Web
Lindsay Poirier
Chapter 18: Making the Web Meaningful: A History of Web Semantics
Marc Weber
Chapter 19: Browsers and Browser Wars
Gerard Goggin
Chapter 20: Emergence of the Mobile Web
Part 04: Platforms on the Web
Andy Famiglietti
Chapter 21: Wikipedia
Matthew Crain
Chapter 22: A Critical Political Economy of Web Advertising History
Ian Milligan
Chapter 23: Exploring Web Archives in the Age of Abundance: A Social History Case Study of GeoCities
Ignacio Siles
Chapter 24: Blogs
Christina Ortner, Philip Sinner & Tanja Jadin
Chapter 25: The History of Online Social Media
Part 05: Web History and Users, some Case Studies
Madhavi Mallapragada
Chapter 26: Cultural Historiography of the 'Homepage'
Allie Kosterich & Matthew Weber
Chapter 27: Consumers, News and a History of Change
Niels Brügger & Ditte Laursen
Chapter 28: Historical studies of national web domains
James O'Sullivan & Dene Grigar
Chapter 29: The Origins of Electronic Literature as Net/Web Art
Valérie Beaudouin, Zeynep Pehlivan & Peter Stirling
Chapter 30: Exploring the memory of the First World War using web archives: web graphs seen from different angles
Gareth Millward
Chapter 31: A History with Web Archives, Not a History of Web Archives: A History of the British Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine Crisis, 1998-2004
Peter Webster
Chapter 32: Religion and Web history
Jeremy Wade Morris
Chapter 33: Hearing the Past: The Sonic Web from MIDI to Music Streaming
Jim McGrath
Chapter 34: Memes
Gabriele de Seta
Chapter 35: Years of the Internet: Vernacular creativity before, on and after the Chinese Web
Mark McLelland
Chapter 36: Cultural, political and technical factors influencing early Web uptake in North America and East Asia
Susanna Paasonen
Chapter 37: Online pornography
Finn Brunton
Chapter 38: Spam
Michael Nycyk
Chapter 39: Trolls and Trolling History: From Subculture to Mainstream Practices
Part 06: The Roads Ahead
Jane Winters
Chapter 40: Web archives and (digital) history: a troubled past and a promising future?

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 15: Hypertext before the Web

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