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Fields and networks

May 16, 2008

I’m marking student assignments all day today and tomorrow, dear readers. Hope to pick up some blogging early next week before the next batch of scripts.

When I’m not marking I’m trying to finish an article for the anthropology journal Ethnos in which I track the activities and uses of digital technologies of three grassroots leaders in Subang Jaya-USJ (a suburb of Kuala Lumpur). We know surprisingly little about grassroots leadership and ICTs (see Oxford Internet Institute report), so this article in part seeks to fill this gap. It also makes a theoretical argument about the compatibility of the notions of field and network (pace Bourdieu who built his version of field theory in opposition to social network analysis) in the study of local-level leadership under conditions of rapid technological change.

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