Project blog

They flirt, they share porn and they gossip

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:31:25 +0000

The last four months of 2015 were tough. I was locking myself in a claustrophobic student carrel every day, spending 9 hours staring at a computer screen but not being able to finish the final draft of my book. I began having trouble sleeping and pictured a clock ticking everywhere I went. But the source […]

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Field site profiles

This is an ambitious anthropological research project, and one that aims to be truly comparative in the sense of nine simultaneous ethnographies taking place in eight different countries around the world in order to grasp the implications of social networking sites and social media for mankind.

World map showing location of project fieldsites
Field site Lead researcher
Brazil Juliano Spyer
Chile Nell Haynes
China (North) Tom McDonald
China (South) Xinyuan Wang
India Shriram Venkatraman
Italy Razvan Nicolescu
Trinidad Jolynna Sinanan
Turkey Elisabetta Costa
United Kingdom Daniel Miller

World map image adapted fromĀ Wikimedia Commons.


European Research CouncilEuropean UnionUCL Department of Anthropology

Grant number: ERC Project 2011-AdG-295486 SocNet
Project title: Social Network Sites and Social Science