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Connecting and Disconnecting

Exploring Prisoners’ Relations with the Outside World in Myanmar

Andrew M. Jefferson and Tomas Max Martin

people's efforts to relate at the prison/society interface. The thick meaning of the thanakha paste is a vivid example of what we call connectivity, a process of connecting that goes beyond classic understandings of the separateness of prison and society

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Mirjam de Bruijn

Chadian youth. After Howard Rheingold’s (2002) publication of Smart Mobs , others that related protest and political movement to ICTs and connectivity soon followed. Sokari Ekine’s (2010) edited collection SMS Uprising and Adam Branch and Zachariah

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Felix Girke

the Face of Connectivity Digital media allows us to remain connected to the field indefinitely, without much logistical effort and with negligible costs. This seems, at first, a humane affordance regarding the social relationships we have developed

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Staying Tuned

Connections beyond ‘the Field’

Geoffrey Hughes and Anna-Maria Walter

introduction of Internet-enabled electronic devices. 1 The generational shift that we are witnessing—before and after social media connectivity—has in turn profoundly transformed the experience of initiatory long-term fieldwork for the current cohort of

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Cementing Relations

The Materiality of Roads and Public Spaces in Provincial Peru

Penelope Harvey

This article sets out to analyze how concrete is implicated in the transformation of public space in provincial Peru. While concrete enhances a state's capacity to produce reliable, predictable structures, there are also significant limits in relation to its connective capacity in both the material and social domains. Ethnographic attention to the relational dynamics of concrete reveals how its promise to operate as a generic, homogeneous, and above all predictable material is constantly challenged by the instability and heterogeneity of the terrains to which it is applied. The image of power that concrete affords is thus a compromised one, as the stability and predictability of this substance is secure only insofar as it is surrounded by and embedded in specific relationships of care.

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When Facebook Is the Internet

A Halfie Anthropologist Grapples with Evolving Social Media Connectivity

Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo

issues and amid shifting political currents, such connectivity can pose risks to the anonymity and security of both researcher and her interlocutors. I demonstrate these points through an account of my evolving engagement with Facebook (FB). In the

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The Amāra on the Square

Connective Agency and the Aesthetics of the Egyptian Revolution

Ayman El-Desouky

masses through verbal, visual, performative, and spatial configurations of the everyday, amounting to a new aesthetic of connective agency aided by collective and cultural memory. 1 The bursting of the masses onto the streets in January 2011 and again

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Dearly Departed

Communicating with the Dead in the Digital Age

Jennifer Huberman

communicate with the deceased and even use the deceased to communicate with living others? How might these changes be reflective of new forms of consciousness and connectivity and perhaps even be reconfiguring the experiential boundaries between life and death

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Paolo Motta

agglomerations. Finally it examines the revitalization of minor cities and smaller settlements that have taken advantage of the opportunities represented by new technologies and large connectivity infrastructures. First, I consider the exponential growth of the

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Aftermath of the MOOC wars

Can commercial vendors support creative higher education?

Christopher Newfield

things: active learning, hybrid courses and online education. When they did this, they were in effect confusing two different kinds of MOOCs. One was the connectivity MOOC, or cMOOC, that had long been associated with experiments in democratic and