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How the World Changed Social Media

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Book Series: Why We Post ISBN: 9781910634493 Year: Pages: 286 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781910634493 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 295486
Subject: Ethnology --- Social Sciences
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How the World Changed Social Media is the first book in Why We Post, a book series that investigates the findings of nine anthropologists who each spent 15 months living in communities across the world. This book offers a comparative analysis summarising the results of the research and exploring the impact of social media on politics and gender, education and commerce. What is the result of the increased emphasis on visual communication? Are we becoming more individual or more social? Why is public social media so conservative? Why does equality online fail to shift inequality offline? How did memes become the moral police of the internet? Supported by an introduction to the project’s academic framework and theoretical terms that help to account for the findings, the book argues that the only way to appreciate and understand something as intimate and ubiquitous as social media is to be immersed in the lives of the people who post. Only then can we discover how people all around the world have already transformed social media in such unexpected ways and assess the consequences.

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social media --- society --- memes

Chapter 13 The value of the imagined biological in policy and society (Book chapter)

Book title: Routledge Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society

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ISBN: 9781138211957 9781315451695 Year: Pages: 10 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Social Sciences
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Attending the World Economic Forum this past week, I was struck by two trends. The first was that brain research has emerged as a hot topic. Not only was brain science or brain health a new&#xD;theme at the meeting, research on the brain emerged in discussions about next generation&#xD;computing, global cooperation, and even models of economic development as well as being&#xD;linked to mental health or mindfulness. In a meeting frequented largely by economists&#xD;and business leaders, I was surprised by the number of non-scientists who have become&#xD;enchanted by brain science. Clearly this is the era of the brain, with mental health now part of a&#xD;much broader discussion.

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policy --- society --- mental health

The Wise Merchant

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ISBN: 9789048540020 Year: Pages: 120 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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On 9 January 1632, at the inauguration of the Amsterdam Illustrious School - the predecessor of the city's university - Caspar Barlaeus delivered a speech that has continued to arouse the curiosity of researchers and the general public alike: Mercator sapiens. This famous oration on the wise merchant is now considered a key text of the Dutch Golden Age. At the same time it is surrounded by misunderstandings regarding Barlaeus himself, the nascent Illustrious School, and Amsterdam's merchant culture. This volume presents the first English translation and the first critical edition of the Mercator sapiens, preceded by an introduction providing historical context and a fresh interpretation of this intriguing text.Anna-Luna Post and Corinna Vermeulen shed new light on the roles of humanist scholarship and rhetoric in Holland's metropolis. Caspar Barlaeus's 1632 oration, The Wise Merchant, has often been cited but seldom read. Their edition, translation and introduction set the work into its historical context with learning, clarity and economy. - Anthony Grafton

Zeolites and Metal-Organic Frameworks

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Book Series: Atlantis Advances in Nanotechnology, Material Science and Energy Technologies ISBN: 9789048536719 9789462985568 Year: Pages: 350 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Agriculture (General) --- Science (General)
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Zeolites are natural or synthetic materials with porous chemical structures that are valuable due to their absorptive and catalytic qualities. Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are manmade organometallic polymers with similar porous structures. This introductory book, with contributions from top-class researchers from all around the world, examines these materials and explains the different synthetic routes available to prepare zeolites and MOFs. The book also highlights how the substances are similar yet different and how they are used by science and industry in situations ranging from fueling cars to producing drugs.

Improvising Cinema

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789048518425 9789089645517 9789089645159 Year: Pages: 200 Language: French|English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Arts in general
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This spirited volume explores the history and diversity of improvisation in the cinema, including works by Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, and Nobuhiro Suwa. Gilles Mouëllic examines improvisational practices that can be specifically attributed to the cinema and argues in favors of their powers as instigators of unprecedented forms of expression. Improvising Cinema reflects both on the permanence of attempting improvisation and the relationship between technology and aesthetics. Mouëllic concludes preservation becomes even more invaluable in the case of improvisation, as the creative act exists only within the brief time span of the performance.

Tantalisingly Close: An Archaeology of Communication Desires in Discourses of Mobile Wireless Media

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Book Series: MediaMatters ISBN: 9789048514915 9789089643544 Year: Pages: 256 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Computer Science --- Media and communication --- Social Sciences
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In this important new study, Imar de Vries take a historical and comparative approach in researching our intimate relationship with present-day mobile wireless technologies. By analyzing the full range of human expectations and behavior in regard to mobile devices, de Vries looks at how wireless gadgets have changed our ideas about communication, while at the same time he demonstrates how modern technology surprisingly repeats the patterns of older media. Applying a far-reaching and archaeological perspective to communication media, Tantalisingly Close looks at human desire to connect and the way that it has both shaped and been shaped by technology, past and present.

La violenza tra tradizione e digital society

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Book Series: Open Sociology - Open access ISBN: 9788891764881 Year: Language: Italian
Publisher: FrancoAngeli
Subject: Ethnology --- Anthropology --- Social Sciences
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"The text explores the phenomenon of violence, retracing the sociological theory from the classical paradigms to the frontier of interpretative readings outlined in the digital society age. The aim is to arrive at an interpretation on violence and the possible connections that go from traditional society, in the historiographic sense of action, to the challenges proposed by contemporary society. What is the form that violence takes today? Which are the indicators that allow you to recognize it? Following these reflections, this book raises the question about the social nature of violence in the many forms in which it manifests itself. The analysis that is proposed is therefore that of seeking the widespread dimensions within which the contemporary individual acts, as well as identifying the indicators that, through functional categories, can prevent and combat violence."

Social Media in an English Village

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Book Series: Why We Post ISBN: 9781910634448 Year: Pages: 220 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781910634431 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 295486
Subject: Ethnology --- Social Sciences
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Daniel Miller spent 18 months undertaking an ethnographic study with the residents of an English village, tracking their use of the different social media platforms. Following his study, he argues that a focus on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram does little to explain what we post on social media. Instead, the key to understanding how people in an English village use social media is to appreciate just how ‘English’ their usage has become. He introduces the ‘Goldilocks Strategy’: how villagers use social media to calibrate precise levels of interaction ensuring that each relationship is neither too cold nor too hot, but ‘just right’.

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culture --- social media --- society --- ethnography

Social Media in Northern Chile

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Book Series: Why We Post ISBN: 9781910634592 Year: Pages: 224 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781910634592 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 295486
Subject: Ethnology --- Social Sciences
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Based on 15 months of ethnographic research in the city of Alto Hospicio in northern Chile, this book describes how the residents use social media, and the consequences of this use in their daily lives. Nell Haynes argues that social media is a place where Alto Hospicio’s residents – or Hospiceños – express their feelings of marginalisation that result from living in city far from the national capital, and with a notoriously low quality of life compared to other urban areas in Chile. In actively distancing themselves from residents in cities such as Santiago, Hospiceños identify as marginalised citizens, and express a new kind of social norm. Yet Haynes finds that by contrasting their own lived experiences with those of people in metropolitan areas, Hospiceños are strengthening their own sense of community and the sense of normativity that shapes their daily lives. This exciting conclusion is illustrated by the range of social media posts about personal relationships, politics and national citizenship, particularly on Facebook.

Social Media in Rural China

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Book Series: Why We Post ISBN: 9781910634691 Year: Pages: 234 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781910634691 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 295486
Subject: Ethnology --- Social Sciences
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China’s distinctive social media platforms have gained notable popularity among the nation’s vast number of internet users, but has China’s countryside been ‘left behind’ in this communication revolution? Tom McDonald spent 15 months living in a small rural Chinese community researching how the residents use social media in their daily lives. His ethnographic findings suggest that, far from being left behind, social media is already deeply integrated into the everyday experience of many rural Chinese people.

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culture --- social media --- society --- ethnography

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