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Information on our current series is available from the drop down menu in the main navigation bar. Simply click any option in the menu to start reading - all titles are open access and free to download. Why not explore our books within the discipline of Area Studies by the FRINGE collection, or the ground-breaking, accessible ethnographic studies in the ‘Why We Post’ series?
Forthcoming series - COMING SOON
Ageing with Smartphones
Series Editor: Danny Miller
This new series is based on a European Research Council funded global research project, The Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing (ASSA), for which ethnographies have been conducted over 18 months in Israel, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Uganda. The aim of this collaborative five-year project has been to conduct comparative analysis of the impact of the smartphone on the experience of mid-life around the world and consider the implications for mobile health.
Why do we post on social media? Is it true that we are replacing face-to-face relationships with on-screen life? Are we becoming more narcissistic with the rise of selfies? Does social media create or suppress political action, destroy privacy or become the only way to sell something? And are these claims equally true for a factory worker in China and an IT professional in India?
With these questions in mind, nine anthropologists each spent 15 months living in communities in China, Brazil, Turkey, Chile, India, England, Italy and Trinidad. They studied not only platforms but the content of social media to understand both why we post and the consequences of social media on our lives. Their findings indicate that social media is more than communication – it is also a place where we now live.
This series explores and compares the results in a collection of ground-breaking and accessible ethnographic studies. View all published titles here.