Category Archives: anthropology

Anxious Objects: Crime and Punishment in China

Economic development in China is producing some of the greatest income disparity the world has seen. Growing along the inequality is a pervasive and palpable anxiety around political corruption, the abuse of power by the ultra-wealthy, and the difficulties for the average citizen to attain economic security in the midst of the fastest growing economy […]

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Online gaming in China: Berkeley talk (updated video)

My good friend Steve was nice enough to edit my Power Point presentation into the video recording of my talk about Berkeley on February 25th.  This talk is from the World Craft: Culture and Business of Gaming in East Asia conference held on February 25-26th 2011.  You can find my abstract for the talk here.  […]

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online games in China – a bibliography – additions

I have added some articles to my bibliography of research on online games in China.  See the original list in its entirety here: Lee, YH and Lin, H. (2005). An Irrational Black Market? Boundary Work Perspective on the Stigma of in-game Asset Transactions. Proceedings of DiGRA 2005 Conference: Changing Views – Worlds in Play. (Taiwan) Lin, H. (2005).  Gendered […]

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Upcoming Conference: World Craft: the Business and Culture of Gaming in East Asia

I am pleased to have been invited to give a talk at the upcoming conference “World Craft: The Business and Culture of Gaming in East Asia“.  The conference is sponsored jointly by the  Chinese Studies, Center for (CCS), Japanese Studies, Center for (CJS), Korean Studies, Center for (CKS), Institute of East Asian Studies, and the Berkeley Center for […]

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online games in China – a bibliography

(updated March 18th 2011) A chunk of my Masters research dealt with online games in China.  In my thesis I examined how particular mixtures of material infrastructure, software platforms and the desires of gamers creates uniquely ‘gamic’ spatial distributions of social networks.  By focusing  specifically on the variable ‘need for speed’ in video games  (think […]

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Anthropology of Digital Technologies: September 2010 Journal Articles

There may be a few articles here from August journals that I missed last time.  I should also note that the Volume 8, Issue 2 (2010) of South Asian Popular Culture was a special issue on the new media ecology of South Asia. The focus on my listed readings remains that of anthropology and digital […]

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Reading List

I have added a ‘Readings’ tab to the main navigation bar above. This list will likely never be complete, but I will do my best to update it as frequently as possible.

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Anthropology of Digital Technologies: August 2010 Journal Articles

This review is a list of recent anthropological publications concerning ICT’s/digital technologies.  This is a work in progress.  Please contact me if you have references you would like to add. Ethnography and Fieldwork: Archambault, J. S. (2009). Being cool or being good : researching mobile phones in Mozambique. Anthropology Matters, 11(2), 1-9. Online Cultures: Mallapragada, […]

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The Anthropology of Star Trek: The iPad and the Future of Human-Computer Interaction

Many people have noted the aesthetic and design parallels between the iPad and Star Trek the Next Generation’s (ST: TNG) Personal Access Data Displays (PADD).  In a recent interview Michael Okuda explained that the foremost inspiration for the design of the PADD was budgetary.  The result was the use of aesthetically pleasing and easy to […]

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Real time web monitoring, cyber security and old anthropological debates in new places

On July 28th Wired released an exclusive report that both Google and the CIA have invested in Recorded Future, a company that specializes in the real-time monitoring of vast amounts of information in order to produce predictive reports.  The company: ” scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships […]

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