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On Facebook, Death and Memorialisation

Over at the UCL Social Networking Sites and Social Sciences Project, Danny Miller writes about his research at a London hospice where he has been exploring the resonance of new media at the end of life:

Alongside my ethnographic research in The Glades I have now been working for over a year alongside The Hospice of St Francis. When I am in the UK I try to spend a day a week interviewing their patients who are mainly terminal cancer patients. I was delighted to hear this winter that the wonderful hospice director Dr Ros Taylor was awarded an MBE in this year’s honours list. My intention in working for the Hospice was a concern that a project of this size should also have an applied or welfare aspect where we could see the direct benefit.

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Flirtbook BR – A survey about “the flirt” and Facebook in Brazilian culture

By Cláudia Pereira and Germano Penalva

Two years ago Facebook,  already  a fever around the world, became a fever in Brazil, surpassing the  Orkut. Until 2010 it was the most famous social network. It has broken social classes, languages and ages barriers. It has been undergoing processes adaptation and acceptance and use by different Brazilian goals.

In 2011, the Brazilian anthropologist Claudia Pereira from PUC-Rio
(Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) with Germano
Penalva (BlueID – www.theblueid.com.br), and others researchers, did a
qualitative survey with 1,200 young people across the country to
identify the Brazilian cultural identity inside Facebook.

To study Facebook, with anthropological glasses, we must consider the
diversity of ways what it is used for. There is not just Facebook, but
several facebooks, each group has its own way to use it and in
different groups facebook “works” in a special way.…

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Review: Harnessing Fortune

Empson, Rebecca, 2011. Harnessing Fortune: Personhood, Memory and Place in Mongolia. Oxford University Press.
Daniel Miller, UCL
One of the issues in teaching material culture studies under the auspices of an anthropology department is explaining what is, at least in my case, a very conservative attitude to ethnography. I have always insisted that my PhD students understand and undertake what could be called classic ethnographic research as the basis for their PhD. The research must be based on working with a specified group of people for at least a year, being as much engaged with their every day activities as possible. In my case I have always insisted that even in the digital field this had to be as much an off line as on line experience.…

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