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



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

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. <LinkPDF>

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

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

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



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 <Link | 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 <Link | PDF>

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

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 <LinkPDF>

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 <LinkPDF>

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 <LinkPDF>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 <LinkPDF>



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.

Abidin, Crystal. (accepted). “Screens, Streams, Scenes, Screams: Labouring sociality among young women Influencers.”  Pp. tbd in title tbd, edited by Miriam Forman-Burnell and Diana Anselmo-Sequeira. Illinois: University of Illinois Press.

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 Discount code>

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 | OA 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. 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. <Link | PDF>

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. <Link | PDF>

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. <Link | PDF>

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. <LinkPDF>



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. <LinkPDF>



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 <LinkPDF>

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 <LinkPDF>

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 <LinkPDF>

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



Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “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). <LinkPDF>

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

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



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

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

“When exploiting kids for cash goes wrong on YouTube: the lessons of DaddyOFive.” The Conversation, 2 May 2017. <Link>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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