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The Unbearable Lightness of Things


By Marta Vilar Rosales

Centre for Research in Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, UNL, Portugal

The project “Atlantic Crossings: materiality, contemporary movements and policies of belonging” is a quest to follow the objects in particular, and “things” in general. From surveys in Lisbon, Oporto, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to ethnographies of transnational families spanning these contexts, the project will unpack the lived experiences of Brazilians and Portuguese circulating between their respective home countries. The goal is to understand the difference materiality makes in dynamics of international mobility. Instead of asking “what’s in a name”, we ask “what about what’s in a suitcase?” And, for that matter, what’s in the packages sent from home? What will be bought with remittances money?…

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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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Collective play in a LAN house in Brazil

Carla Barros, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil


In a study conducted in a LAN house [the common term for a LAN gaming center in Brazil] in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a certain factor drew my attention – the way in which the boys who frequent the LAN house play games in a way that is very different from that expressed in the concept of the relationship individual-machine. What I observed was a type of collective game, which revealed the need for us to have a broader view of the context in which the communication mediated by computer takes place, to not run the risk of thinking of the phenomenon of the Internet in a highly restricted manner.…

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