The Voice

Don’t let them drown!

“Many people have died, some people fainted, we ran out of water and we ran out of food. Also we ran out of petrol. We ran out of everything, we were hopeless in the sea, the wind was just taking us from one point to the other.” This story of Sunday, a refugee from Nigeria, is one of the many ones I’ve heard while working in Malta—an island swallowing human lives in the name of immigration controls.

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The Fieldnote

What does poverty look like on social media?

This blog post is part of a much larger theme of the impact of social media on low income populations. This is most debated among social media theorists and activists and is also one of the research objectives of the Global Social Media Impact Study. I will give just a few insights on this issue from the Italian field site.

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The Fieldnote

From thieves to customers

The story of a market woman who wouldn’t stop serving food to armed rebels despite their reluctance to pay.

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The Fieldnote

From “being a scientist” to “being a curiosity”: a tale amongst egg hunters.

Doing research on the tradition of lapwing egg-hunting in the Netherlands, I was suddenly stripped of all academic cultural capital. A small word had blurred my scientific authority. Being a “Colombian”, I surely must be from a war torn, cocaine growing jungle country far from the modern standards of Dutchness.

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