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Abidin, Crystal. (forthcoming, Jul 2018). Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing <Link>

Abidin, Crystal, and Megan Lindsay Brown (eds). (forthcoming, estimated release Dec 2018). Internet fame around the globe: Case studies in microcelebrity. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Leaver, Tama, Tim Highfield, and Crystal Abidin. (contracted, estimated release Aug 2019). Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures. Polity Press.

Abidin, Crystal. (contracted). Please Subscribe! Influencers, Social Media, and the Commodification of Everyday Life. MIT Press.

Abidin, Crystal. (contracted). Vernacular commerce, creation, and culture in Singapore blogshops. NIAS Press.



Warfield, Katie, Maria-Carolina Cambre, and Crystal Abidin. (Co-editor). 2016. Me-diated Inter-faces. Social Media + Society 2(2). <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. (Panel chair). 2015. Fame and Microcelebrity on the Web. Selected Papers of Internet Research 16: The 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. (Editor). 2013. Special Edition: Humanising Collaboration. Limina 18(2). <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal, et al. (Editorial Collective). 2013. Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference. Limina 19(1). <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal, et al. (Editorial Collective). 2012. Volume 18.1.  Limina 18(1). <Open Access>



Ask, Kristine, and Crystal Abidin. 2018. “My life is a mess: Self-deprecating relatability and collective identities in the memification of student issues.” Information, Communication and Society 21(6): 834-850. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1437204 <Paywalled>

Abidin, Crystal, and Joel Gwynne. 2017. “Entrepreneurial Selves, Feminine Corporeality, and Lifestyle Blogging in Singapore.” Asian Journal of Social Science 45(4-5): 385-408. DOI: 10.1163/15685314-04504002 <Paywalled | PDF>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “#familygoals: Family Influencers, Calibrated Amateurism, and Justifying Young Digital Labour.” Social Media + Society 3(2): 1-15. DOI: 10.1177/2056305117707191 <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Happy #monthsary babe!: Vernacular readings and practices of monthsaries among young couplings on social media.” Networking Knowledge 9(6): 56-73. <Open Access | Video abstract>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Visibility labour: Engaging with Influencers’ fashion brands and #OOTD advertorial campaigns on Instagram.” Media International Australia 161(1): 86-100. DOI: 10.1177/1329878X16665177 <PaywalledPDF>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Aren’t these just young, rich women doing vain things online?: Influencer selfies as subversive frivolity.” Social Media + Society 2(2): 1-17. DOI: 10.1177/2056305116641342 <Open Access>

Warfield, Katie, Carolina Cambre, and Crystal Abidin. 2016. “Introduction to the Social Media + Society Special Issue on Selfies: Me-diated Inter-faces.” Social Media + Society 2(2): 1-5. DOI: 10.1177/2056305116641344 <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Agentic cute (^.^): Pastiching East Asian cute in Influencer commerce.” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 2(1): 33-47. DOI: 10.1386/eapc.2.1.33_1 <PaywalledPDF>

Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Communicative ❤ Intimacies: Influencers and Perceived Interconnectedness.” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, & Technology 8. DOI: 10.7264/N3MW2FFG <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Micromicrocelebrity: Branding babies on the Internet.” M/C Journal 18(5). <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “‘I also Melayu ok’ – Malay-Chinese women negotiating the ambivalence of biraciality for agentic autonomy.” M/C Journal 17(5). <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Cyber-BFFs: Assessing women’s ‘perceived interconnectedness’ in Singapore’s commercial lifestyle blog industry.” Global Media Journal Australian Edition 7(1). <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “‘Cya IRL’: Researching digital communities online and offline.” Limina 18(2). <Open Access>

Pande, Rukmini, and Crystal Abidin. 2013. “Special Edition (2013): ‘Humanising Collaboration’.” Limina 18(2). <Open Acccess>

Abidin, Crystal, and Eric C. Thompson. 2012. “ Cyberfemininities and Commercial Intimacy in Blogshops.” Women’s Studies International Forum 35(6): 467-477. DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2012.10.005 <PaywalledPDF>



Abidin, Crystal. (accepted). “Growing up and growing old on the internet: Influencer life courses and the internet as home.” Pp. tbd in title tbd, edited by Annette Markham and Katrin Tiidenberg.

Abidin, Crystal. (accepted). “Frenemies and cashtags: Follower dynamics and semiotic value on Influencers’ social media.” Pp. tbd in title tbd, edited by Christine Agius and Dean Keep.

Kanai, Akane, Crystal Abidin, and Matthew Hart. (forthcoming, 2019). “Practices, Privacy, and Privileges: Conducting Research on Tumblr.” Pp. tbd in A Tumblr Book: Platform and Cultures, edited by Allison McCracken, Alexander Cho, Louisa Stein, Indira Neill. Iowa: The University of Iowa Press.

Abidin, Crystal. (forthcoming, 2018). “Victim, Rival, Bully: Influencers’ narrative cultures around cyber-bullying.” Pp. tbd in Narratives in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying among Young People, edited by Lelia Green and Heidi Vandebosch. Springer.

Abidin, Crystal, and Rob Cover. (forthcoming, 2018). “Gay and famous on YouTube: Influencers, Queer microcelebrity publics, and Discursive activism.” Pp. tbd in Youth and Sexual Citizenship, edited by Peter Aggleton, Rob Cover, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Daniel Marshall. London and New York: Routledge

Abidin, Crystal. (forthcoming, 2018). “Young people and digital grief etiquette.” Pp. tbd in A Networked Self: Birth, Life, Death, edited by Zizi Papacharissi. London and New York: Routledge. <Book>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “‘Just Asian’? Inscribing East Asian mixed race in Australia.” Pp. 84-100 in Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, edited by Farida Fozdar and Kirsten McGavin. London: Routledge. <Chapter | Book>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Vote for my selfie: Politician selfies as charismatic engagement.” Pp. 75-87 in Selfie Citizenship, edited by Adi Kuntsman. London: Palgrave Pivot. <Chapter | Book >

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Sex Bait: Sex talk on commercial blogs as informal sexuality education.” Pp. 493-508 in Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education, edited by Louisa Allen and Mary Lou Rasmussen. London: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-40033-8_24 <LinkChapter | Book>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Influencer Extravaganza: A decade of commercial ‘lifestyle’ microcelebrities in Singapore.” Pp. 158-168 in Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, edited by Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Genevieve Bell, and Anne Galloway. London: Routledge. <Chapter | Book>

Abidin, Crystal, and Mart Ots. 2016. “Influencers Tell All? Unravelling Authenticity and Credibility in a Brand Scandal.” Pp. 153-161 in Blurring the Lines: Market-driven and Democracy-driven Freedom of Expression, edited by Maria Edström, Andrew T Kenyon, and Eva-Maria Svensson. Göteborg: Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research. <Chapter | Open Access book | Purchase book>

Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “#In$tagLam: Instagram as a repository of taste, a brimming marketplace, a war of eyeballs.” Pp. 119-128 in Mobile Media Making in the Age of Smartphones, edited by Marsha Berry and Max Schleser. New York: Palgrave Pivot.  <ChapterBook>



Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Towards a theory of cross-media networked microcelebrity: Of bedrooms, blogsites, broadcasts, and boardrooms.Selected Papers of Internet Research 18: The 18th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. 

Ask, Kristine, and Crystal Abidin. 2017. “My life is a mess: Self-deprecating relatability and the memefication of student publics.”Selected Papers of Internet Research 18: The 18th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. 

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Gross is the new like: Allure, visceral camp, and carnivalesque commerce in grotesque microcelebrity.” Selected Papers of Internet Research 17: The 17th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. 

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Sorry not sorry: Influencers, shamelebrity, and para-apologetic transgressions.” Selected Papers of Internet Research 17: The 17th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Grief hype-jacking: Global events, publicity grieving, and visibility practices.” Selected Papers of Internet Research 17: The 17th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. 

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Queer Influencers: Personal illustrations amidst repressive sexuality education.” Selected Papers of Internet Research 17: The 17th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Internet (in)famous: The mystification and folklore of microcelebrification.” Selected Papers of Internet Research 16: The 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. <Open Access>

Ots, Mart, and Crystal Abidin. 2015. “Commercialism, audience intimacy and brand credibility in fashion blogging.” Communicative democracy: Protecting, promoting and developing free speech in the digital era. <PDF | Conference>

Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Privacy for Profit: Commodifying Privacy in Lifestyle Blogging.” Selected Papers of Internet Research 15: The 15th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers. <Open Access>



Abidin, Crystal, and Mart Ots. 2015. “The Influencer’s dilemma: The shaping of new brand professions between credibility and commerce.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Aug 2015. <PDF | Conference>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “#lifeisgood: Understanding Social Currency in the Female Commercial Blog Industry in Singapore.” ISA eSymposium for Sociology 2013, isa.e-Forum. Dec 2013. <PDF>



Abidin, Crystal. (forthcoming). “Milner, Ryan M. The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media.” Asiascape: Digital Asia.

Abidin, Crystal. (forthcoming). “Marcel Danesi, The Semiotics of Emoji: The Rise of Visual Language in the Age of the Internet.” Discourse and Communication.

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Jill Walker Rettberg, Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves.” Mobile Media & Communication 4(2): 290-292. DOI: 10.1177/2050157916633942b <PaywalledPDF>

Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Chris Hudson (2013) Beyond the Singapore Girl: Discourses of Gender and Nation in Singapore.” Asian Journal of Social Science 43(5): 649-663.  DOI: 10.1163/15685314-04305008 <PaywalledPDF>

Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Ethnography and virtual worlds: a handbook of method, by Tom Boellstorff, Bonnie Nardi, Celia Pearce and T.L. Taylor.” Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology 25(3): 306-308. DOI: 10.1080/00664677.2014.943138 <PaywalledPDF>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Book Review: Romit Dasgupta, Re-reading the Salaryman in Japan: Crafting Masculinities.” Limina 19(1). <Open Access>



Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Please subscribe! Influencers, social media, and the commodification of everyday life.” PhD Thesis (Anthropology & Sociology, Communication & Media Studies). <Abstract>

Abidin, Crystal, and Rukmini Pande. 2013. “Exclusivity: Research in Practice – Interview with Professor Gilbert Herdt.” Limina 19(1). <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal, and Rukmini Pande. 2012. “History in Practice Interview – Prof. Susan Broomhall.” Limina 18(1). <Open Access>

Abidin, Crystal. 2011. “ Cyber-femininities, Homo-social Desire & Power.” Honours Thesis (Sociology & Gender Studies).



Abidin, Crystal. (forthcoming, 2018). “From populist factoids to ethnographic minutiae: Ethnography in the Influencer industry.”

Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “What Student Problem Memes Tell Us About Student Life Today.” Cyborgology, 21 May 2018. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Layers of Identity.” Real Life, 16 April 2018. <Link | Introduction>

Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Politica e Poetica a Singapore (Politics and Poetics in Singapore).” Paronama, 3 March 2018. <Link | Intro>

Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Elderly Influencers in East Asia.” Cyborgology, 7 February 2018. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Somewhere Between Here and There: Goldilocking Between Fieldwork and Academia.” anthro{dendum}, 29 January 2018. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Private Messages from the Field.” anthro{dendum}, 19 January 2018. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Public Shaming, Peer Surveillance, and the Profitability of Internet Drama.” Mynah Magazine #2, January 2018. <Excerpt | Buy>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Not just another Gangnam Style: Framing politics and internet celebrity in East Asia.” Anthropology News, American Anthropological Association, 24 October 2017. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Instagram, Finstagram, and Calibrated Amateurism.” Cyborgology, 18 September 2017. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Recent developments in the global Influencer industry.” Cyborgology, 19 July 2017. <Link>

Leaver, Tama, and Crystal Abidin. 2017. “When exploiting kids for cash goes wrong on YouTube: the lessons of DaddyOFive.” The Conversation, 2 May 2017. <Link | German trans.>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “YouTuber Influencers vs. Legacy Media: PewDiePie, Weaponized microcelebrity, and Cross-media politics.” Cyborgology, 22 February 2017. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Micro-microcelebrity: famous babies and business on the internet.” Parenting for a Digital Future, LSE Blogs, 20 January 2017. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Code-switching and linguistic acrobatics on the internet.” Cyborgology, 13 January 2017. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Every Place at Once.” Real Life, 17 November 2016. <Link | Re-feature>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “From Subversive Frivolity to Normativity: A lineage of Trump memes.” Cyborgology, 15 November 2016. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Eyewitness virality, Racism, and Journalistic responsibility.” Cyborgology, 2 November 2016. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Young People and Grief in Digital Spaces.” Edgeryders, 11 October 2016. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen and the Lifecycle of Internet Virality.” Cyborgology, 29 September 2016. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Grief hype-jacking and Saturation fatigue.” Cyborgology, 12 September 2016. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Gross is the new like? Grotesque microcelebrity and carnivalesque commerce.” Cyborgology, 24 August 2016. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Anonymous and trolling in context: An interview with Gabriella Coleman.” PopAnth, 13 April 2016. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “It’s a blog eat blog world.” Asian Creative Transformations, 6 February 2015. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Biracials speak out! The inside world of everyday chameleons.” PopAnth, 3 February 2015. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “The rise of the selfie and the monetization of social media.” The List, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National (RN), 12 November 2014. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Microcelebrity Social Media Selfies.” Selfie Researchers, 28 September 2014. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “A day in the life of a Selfies Researcher.” Selfie Researchers, 27 September 2014. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Off Stage/On Stage.” The Q: Quarterly Newsletter of the Australian Anthropological Society, March 2014. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “#hashtagmylife.” PopAnth, 27 February 2014. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Celebrity blogshop models – Performing cyber-femininity.” socphd, 30 December 2013. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Cyber-femininities.” Murdoch University Postgraduate Student Association (MUPSA), 28 August 2013. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “A day in the life of a postgrad.” Postscript, Spring 2013. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Cyber-femininities.” socphd, 27 August 2013. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Blog bank for the buck.” Gushcloud, 18 April 2013. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Wanna up your game in the blogosphere?” Gushcloud, 15 April 2013. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Why are some blogshops more successful than others?” socphd, 11 April 2013. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2012. “How do you make the most of your supervisor?” Postscript, Spring 2012. <Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2011. “When mummy is buddy too.” The New Paper, 30 January 2011.

Abidin, Crystal. 2011. “New’s kid on the blog.” The New Paper, 9 January 2011. <Link>

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