Tag: Comparison

Lisa Rofel and Sylvia Yanagisako on Fabricating Transnational Capitalism

| , January 4th, 2021

Interview by Janet Connor https://www.dukeupress.edu/fabricating-transnational-capitalism Janet Conner: Why is fashion so good for thinking about capitalism? Lisa Rofel and Sylvia Yanagi…

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Comparing Comparisons: From the “Historikerstreit” to the Mbembe Affair

Michael Rothberg , September 23rd, 2020

In the late 1980s, mostly German intellectuals discussed the question of the “uniqueness” or “comparability” of the Holocaust. In the Cause Mbembe, the fronts, the participants and the…

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Like: Memetic Analogies in Social Media

Johanna Schuster-Craig, Johannes von Moltke , September 9th, 2020

Memes circulating on the net articulate simple comparisons with political intent, for example as an analogy between the USA today and “Weimar” back then, or between German and…

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Arctic Youth well-being project participating in circumpolar comparison

fstammle , November 17th, 2018

The team of the joint Finnish-Russian project studying well-being among youth in Arctic Ria Adams presenting her work within WOLLIE on opportunities and threats for young people’s well-being,…

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The value of comparison (in anthropology)

philbu , January 5th, 2017

Peter van der Veer (2013: 11) on the “comparative advantage of anthropology”: 1) anthropology offers a critique of the universalization of Western models 2) holistic approach to social…

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From Facebook to ‘fakebook’ – who controls the information on social media?

Xin Yuan Wang , November 24th, 2016

A young Chinese factory worker reading on his smartphone. Mark Zuckerberg finally said that Facebook plans to have a more effective control of misinformation, which is a sharp reversal…

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The launch of Why We Post

Tom McDonald , February 29th, 2016

Released today: ‘How the World Changed Social Media’ After years of work and planning, we have today launched Why We Post, which represents the results of our project….

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What is the difference between a generalisation and a stereotype?

Daniel Miller , January 5th, 2016

All anthropologists would agree that stereotypes cause harm and should be avoided. Yet anthropology mainly consists of generalisations about groups of people: the Nuer do this, the Trobriand…

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Why popular anthropology?

Elisabetta Costa , November 27th, 2015

  The core mission of anthropology is the understanding of human behaviour in a world full of cultural and historical diversity. The anthropological commitment to this immense plurality…

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Negotiating comparison in ethnographic fieldwork

lorenagibson , October 8th, 2015

Anthropology, a discipline dedicated to understanding the full range of human experience from as many perspectives as possible, has always been comparative. This comparative aspect was one of…


Sharing anthropological discoveries on social media: ‘marketing’ or ‘interactive learning’?

Daniel Miller , August 6th, 2015

Social media and engaging anthropology? (Photo: Pabak Sarkar CC BY 2.0) Over the last year, people have often asked us questions like “Surely you will market your project using social…

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Using storytelling to build online courses

Tom McDonald , July 21st, 2015

The project team filming a video for our online course Recently we have been filming a new online course on the anthropology of social media that will be available…

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Learning to write English

Daniel Miller , June 30th, 2015

Image courtesy of Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon (Creative Commons) Of our team of nine anthropologists only three are native speakers of English, two from England one from the…

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It’s not just about Chinese migrant workers

Xin Yuan Wang , June 22nd, 2015

Chinese female migrant workers working in a local reflective vest workshop. Photo by Xinyuan Wang A question always strikes me as I write up ethnography and prepare for…

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How did we choose our field sites?

Tom McDonald , June 18th, 2015

Our project field site locations A question we are often asked is how we selected our field sites for the project. Why these nine sites? Why are there…

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What’s our conclusion? Introducing ‘scalable sociality’

Daniel Miller , June 16th, 2015

Scalable Sociality Right now we are finishing the last of our eleven volumes from this project, a book which will be called How the World Changed Social Media….

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A methodological case of comparative anthropology

Juliano Andrade Spyer , June 8th, 2015

Image Courtesy Quinn Dombrowski (Creative Commons) I hear from colleagues in our department that completing a PhD can often be a solitary experience. Anthropologists tend to accept the fact that socia…

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Social media as hyper-visibility

Jolynna Sinanan , May 7th, 2015

Image courtesy of Kris A, Creative Commons   After an intensive few months of hiding away finishing our books (and neglecting this blog), we have come back together…

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Workshop note on digital media and socio-political change

John Postill , March 3rd, 2015

By Victor Lasa On 20 February 2015, Dr John Postill convened a workshop with fellow RMIT scholars and research students around the topic of “Digital media and socio-political…


Ethnological Method

A. J. West , October 30th, 2014

Applying the comparative method in historical linguistics is relatively straightforward and academics habitually apply it to any language they come across at some point or other. But the…

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How to buy glasses online (Part 3): Warby Parker

Fran Barone , August 8th, 2012

This is the third part of a multipart review series, How To Buy Glasses Online. Part 3 focuses on Warby Parker (warbyparker.com). If you haven’t read Parts 1…