Tag: Silicon Valley

Reciprocity in Silicon Valley: The prominent role of gift giving among tech entrepreneurs in the Bay Area

standplaatswereld , December 11th, 2019


‘Marcel Mauss applied to Silicon Valley’ – by Vivienne Schröder During my three months of fieldwork in the Bay Area on the work/private life situation of early-stage tech…


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„Das Licht”. Psychedelische Lehrstücke für die Gegenwart

Jeannie Moser , June 23rd, 2019


T.C. Boyles LSD-Roman „Das Licht“ sagt mehr über unsere Gegenwart als über die 1960er-Jahre, in denen er spielt. Boyle entwirft ein scharf gestelltes Bild neurochemischer Optimierungstechniken, marktf…


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Work for a Life

Alexandra Frankel , June 12th, 2019


For students moving from studying anthropology to working in Silicon Valley, how can learning from worker struggles and solidarity movements in anthropology make their work more ethical? Anthropologis…


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Ep. #32 ‘Hula Hoops not Bicycles’: Genevieve Bell talks Anthropology, Technology & Building the Future

Jodie-Lee Trembath , March 3rd, 2019


“We were bringing the voices of people that didn’t get inside the building, inside the building and making them count. And I took that as an incredible responsibility,…


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Silicon Satire

Alexandra Frankel , February 28th, 2019


How memes articulate tech trouble and signal “all the things.” History repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second as farce”—especially in Silicon Valley. In April 2018,…


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Tech Startup Culture: ‘I am machine’

standplaatswereld , February 25th, 2019


By Vivienne Schröder For my master Anthropology at the VU Amsterdam, I am doing three months of fieldwork in San Francisco, where I am researching Tech Startup Culture….


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Top Articles of 2018

Alexandra Frankel , December 17th, 2018


As the year winds down, Anthropology News rounds up our most popular articles of 2018. From critical reflections on the discipline and experiences of it, to grappling with…


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An Anthropologist in Silicon Valley

Alexandra Frankel , November 9th, 2018


Reflections on a career tackling some of the critical workplace challenges of our time.  I could not have imagined when I entered the PhD program in anthropology at…


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Greetings from Silicon Beach

Alexandra Frankel , November 9th, 2018


Does technology mean something different when it leaves the Valley and goes to the Beach? In the summer of 2016, during preliminary fieldwork in California, I met with…


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Affective Landscapes of the Past and Present in Santa Clara

Alexandra Frankel , November 9th, 2018


Long-term residents’ experiences of technological disruption and resilience are an untold yet essential part of the Silicon Valley story. In May 2018, I spoke with Tom, an elderly…


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Disrupting Silicon Valley’s Stories

Alexandra Frankel , November 9th, 2018


In a climate of pervasive narratives of wealth creation and success, how can anthropology hold corporate and tech sectors to account? In March 2014, Business Insider published the…


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Mapping Dispossession, Mapping Affect

Alexandra Frankel , November 9th, 2018


How Silicon Valley’s wealth produces uneven impacts throughout the region.  Silicon Valley is a geographic region, shorthand for all things tech, the global hub of the technology industry,…


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Navigating Silicon Valley’s Contradictions

Alexandra Frankel , November 9th, 2018


Silicon Valley’s workers must maneuver their way through this place of diversity and discrimination, capitalist aims, and countercultural aspirations. You can spot the extremes on the street in…


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Roxana Wales

Alexandra Frankel , November 9th, 2018


Roxana Wales, recently retired, is a respected corporate ethnographer and research scientist. She was one of the first anthropologists to begin working on corporate ethnographic projects and she…


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Call for Proposals

Alexandra Frankel , April 27th, 2018


With our upcoming annual anthropological gathering in San José this November, Anthropology News will focus on all things Silicon Valley. We are inviting proposals for feature articles by…


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30. Review of From Counterculture to Cyberculture (Turner 2006)

John Postill , March 5th, 2016


Book review by Paul Duguid, Jan 3, 2007 From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism by Fred Turner Chicago: University…


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18. Political technologists and civil society

John Postill , April 20th, 2015


By Muzammil M. Hussain This is the eighteenth post in the Freedom technologists series. The following are some passages taken (with permission) from chapter 4 of Hussain, M….


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