Anthropology of social networking
- A New Public Order: Network Politics and the Tea Party Movement
- Doing social network sites: the case of Cibervalle
- Facebook in Trinidad
- Mobile Berlin: Social Media and the New Europe
- Occupying Cyberspace: Indonesian Cyberactivism and Occupy Wall Street
- 'Online togetherness' of Brazilian migrants on social network sites
- Secret communication systems in Facebook
- Shifting Fields: Social Media, Religion and Popular Culture in Brazil and the Diaspora
- Social networking and social science
- The social experience of ageing in a technologically connected world
- What 'friends' on the screen may mean: social networking shaping the Filipino diaspora
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Child in India? Sorry! No Facebook then!
Mon, 20 May 2013 11:57:07 +0000
The Delhi High Court had questioned the Union Government of India on why minors (children below 18 years of age) were on Facebook and Google. This was in response to a case filed by an ideologue of a major political party in India. The issue they wanted explained was how someone under the age of [...]
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What is social media about?
Thu, 09 May 2013 11:53:59 +0000
In this post I will summarise my individual interest in this project and how it relates to my previous work. In my PhD I discussed a particular and apparently individual reaction to the lack of appropriate alignment of the individual to the external forces that come from society. I showed that in rural southeast Romania [...]
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‘What is social media?’ – a definition
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:01:01 +0000
Having described our project as the Global Social Media Impact Study, we realised there was just one little thing we hadn’t actually done. This was to define, at least for our purposes, what we mean by the words ‘social media’. Our studies are ethnographies, there is pretty much nothing we would not wish to include. [...]
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The secret world of the inbox
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:03:35 +0000
This is my last week in my field site until 2014. I’ve been hussling to spend as much time with as many people as I can in the last couple of weeks, I’ve been invited to a wedding, a ceremony of Hindu prayers (a puja), a political rally, a cd launch by a local band and [...]
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Chinese ‘WeChat’ social media app will make the world look around and shake!
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 01:38:40 +0000
Two years is a long time in the world of social media. This point has been reinforced to me multiple times in the last few weeks since my return to China. When I was in the country carrying out research for my PhD in 2011, no-one in my fieldsite was talking about WeChat (威信 weixin). [...]Read more...
Project funded by:
ERC/UCL Social networking and social science research project
This program is funded by the European Research Council and is based at the UCL Department of Anthropology. The funding lasts for five years starting from May 2012 with the group work due to begin in September 2012. The core to this study is the tightly integrated comparative work represented by seven simultaneous ethnographies each taking place in a small town environment in their respective countries. These consist of the following:
|Brazil||Juliano Spyer (PhD)|
|China||Tom McDonald (Post Doc.)|
|India||Shriram Venkatraman (PhD)|
|Italy||Razvan Nicolescu (Post Doc)|
Jolynna Sinanan (Post Doc)
|Turkey||Elisabetta Costa (Post Doc)|
|United Kingdom||Daniel Miller|
We consider this to be a very high level team with even the two PhD participants having already published on the topic of social networking sites. In most cases the ethnography is due to start in March 2013 with one year of fieldwork, the team then meet in London for one month and return to the field for a further three months. The arrangements for Trinidad and the UK are slightly different in their logistics. It is possible that we may be joined by other researchers who are not funded from this grant, for example, Amber Wang may provide a second ethnography in China.
As is usually the case for ethnography we will remain open-minded as to what exactly we cover, but there is a core study of 150 informants intended in each place within which some will become closer to the researcher as is typical of ethnographic research. The grant proposal highlights certain issues including a welfare orientation with a concern for the impact on the more impoverished, elderly or housebound populations that this muse be matched by the demographics of usage. We are interested in many other issues such as transnational migration, and the context of Polymedia (see Miller and Madianou 2012) linking social networking with other communicative media.
We envisage this as a highly collective endeavour, unusual given the tendency towards individuality in anthropology. So we cannot be more specific about our foci of research until the group starts working together and collectively determine the more precise agenda. At this stage we also envisage a wide range of subsequent publications which include issues of theory, challenges to the nature of anthropology, popular writing, multi-media and interactive online dissemination and applied writing concerned with carers and welfare issues. Each project will have also something of its own particular concerns for example Miller, working near London is hoping to work closely with a Hospice and people in end of life situations. In addition to our presence on this site we hope to work with others to create further more interactive blog like sites to exchange ideas and findings in the future.
Image by Johan Larsson.
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