January 29 Tuesday

Book Talk: The Digital Street, Jeffrey Lane, Rutgers University

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:10PM - 1:30PM
  • Room 121
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Rutgers ethnographer Jeffrey Lane will discuss his new book The Digital Street, which addresses the role of communication and technology in the transformation of an urban neighborhood. Based on five years of ethnographic observations, Lane illustrates the online and offline experiences of black teenagers in the shadow of the Harlem Children’s Zone and sweeping gentrification when social media came to permeate all facets of life. The book shows how street life in Harlem plays out on and across the physical street and the digital street among youth, neighborhood adults, and the authorities to argue that social media use shapes neighborhood violence and its countervailing forces. The talk will explore the book's findings and research method of digital urban ethnography.

Jeffrey Lane is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Rutgers University New Brunswick. Lane studies urban community through ethnographic fieldwork that examines the same people in person and online. Lane’s new book with Oxford University Press is called The Digital Street. It shows how the digital life of a neighborhood shapes the experiences of black teenagers in Harlem. His first book (Under the Boards, University of Nebraska Press) examines the role of race in the basketball industry. Lane holds a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University and is a junior fellow of the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, New Media & Society, and Journal of Consumer Culture and written about in news outlets like The Atlantic and Vice. He lives in the Bronx with his wife and newborn son. 


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