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Information on our current series is available from the dropdown 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
Textbooks of World and Minority Languages
Series Editors: Lily Kahn and Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi
This series consists of contemporary, communicative, and accessible beginners’ open-access language textbooks of the world’s less commonly taught languages, with an emphasis on indigenous, regional, minority, and endangered languages, as well as some ancient languages. The textbooks are designed to equip both classroom and independent learners with the knowledge of the language’s basic grammatical structures, everyday communicative situations, high frequency vocabulary, and salient cultural topics. Each volume comprises 20 graded lessons with practical grammatical topics, dialogues, plentiful exercises, and reading comprehension passages, providing the equivalent of roughly a year’s worth of academic study of the language. This series complements our current UCL Press series, Grammars of World and Minority Languages.
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.