Tag: friendship

Ed Bruner: In Memoriam

Alma Gottlieb , August 13th, 2020

August 8, 2020 Ed Bruner at his home in Illinois (2005) Ed Bruner passed away yesterday, at 95–peacefully, at home. I wish my daughter and I could have…

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#Afterlives: The Afterlife of Impossible Friendships

Tanja Petrovic , May 20th, 2020

“My best friend from the army was a unit officer responsible for food and supplies. His name was Đura and he was from Serbia. He was two meters…


‘Friendnography’ and the ethical questions it raises

thenewethnographer , October 17th, 2019

Dr. Cassie Smith-Christmas is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is currently undertaking a project centred on the linguistic experiences…

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Emotions of Friendship: The Psychological Challenges of Doing Fieldwork in Xinjiang

thenewethnographer , April 10th, 2019

  Lisa Ernst is trained in Cultural Anthropology, Chinese Studies and Islamic Studies and is currently a PhD student in Central Asian Studies at the Berlin Graduate School…

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On the Heartbreak of Leaving the Field: Falling in love and going home again

The Familiar Strange , October 10th, 2018

My heart was broken not by leaving individual people, but by leaving something much bigger.  It takes us too long in anthropology to learn that the communities we…

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“The Value of Social Media” at the AAA conference

ucsanha , December 10th, 2016

Daniel Miller talking at the AAA conference. Photo by Nell Haynes. From the Why We Post Team, Nell Haynes, Tom McDonald, and Daniel Miller attended the American Anthropological…

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The Perils of Adulthood Part 1: Making New Friends

thenarcissisticanthropologist , June 3rd, 2016

The other day I was in my car listening to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts , This American Life.  The theme was related to the…

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Fieldwork is haunting me, thanks to WhatsApp

Juliano Andrade Spyer , November 3rd, 2015

When is the end of fieldwork? (Photo:Merlijn Hoek CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) When is it that fieldwork finishes? Thanks to social media, the separation between being in the fieldsite…

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Online relationships with strangers can be ‘purer’ than with offline friends

Xin Yuan Wang , October 26th, 2015

“Internet dog” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia. As illustrated in the cartoon ‘On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog’, published by The New Yorker in 1993, the…

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Normativity and social visibility

Jolynna Sinanan , October 14th, 2015

It has been exactly a year since finishing 15 months of fieldwork in Trinidad. Stories for this blog have moved further and further away from cool stuff that…

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Surveying Social Relationships

Daniel Miller , October 2nd, 2015

One of the chapters of our forthcoming book How the World Changed Social Media, which will be published as an Open Access book by UCL Press in February…

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Opening doors: Rural Chinese business promotion on social media

Tom McDonald , May 28th, 2015

A typical shopfront in the North China fieldsite (Photo: Gillian Bolsover) One surprising feature of QQ – the most popular social media platform in the rural Chinese town where…

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