Category Archives: development studies

Look! The “subaltern” is using shiny things….how “evidence” skews investigation

A  post header inspired by a few recent conversations: One with a past Doctoral advisee and good friend who is a documentary film maker and nonprofit organization founder with a Phd in cultural studies; another based in conversations with a second life/South India based contact and collaborator; and another on several discussions in Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder […]

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Writing in Bergen – smatterings of thought

Today my FB status message at around 6.45 am was :   “I know I’m supposed to take vitamin D pills and the receding daylight should be affecting me and all that – but really I like having a few extra hours of early morning before daybreak and the world around me stops whispering and […]

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Weavings of the Virtual and Real: Cyberculture and the Subaltern

Its time to write some of those tangents and cross-thoughts and by-products…   and maybe I will.   My publisher and I ended up deciding we should just call it an edited issue – I have so many collaborators woven into the project as authors – I would have loved to add on more chapters […]

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TOC – Weavings of the Virtual and Real: Cyberculture and the Subaltern

Contents Acknowledgements Introduction: Subaltern empowerment, socio-economic globalization and digital divides 1. Producing the Global: Microfinance Online with Franklin Yartey and Anca Birzescu 2. Philanthrophist or Investor? Microlending to the Other with Anca Birzescu, Franklin Yartey 3. Snapshots from Sari Trails, Cyborgs Old and New with rad Zabibha 4. Framing the Loom: An Indian Context with […]

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ad hoc learning environments

I should do more research workshops in my weaving room (the other living room in my house) – around cultural work, craft, economy, nationalism, Gandhi, Marx, affect, labor, value, everyday rural (and urban) practice and globalization… Y O, D P, A B and I had a very engaging conversation intertwined with demonstration of four harness […]

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sinking sinking…thinking aloud in public again – research/writing journeys

[my initial instinct is to put this post on my LJ and/or in a private setting – and maybe I will change this into a private setting later…even here] Being part of multiple contexts – as I immerse myself here, there and then there and here – following the connections – I am once again […]

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Digital Diasporas and Transnational Social Movements: Capital, Labor, Mobility and Identity

“Digital diasporas” occur at the intersection of local/ global, national/ international, private/public, offline/online and embodied/disembodied. In digital diasporas, a multiplicity of representations, mass media broadcasts, textual and visual performances and interpersonal interactions occur. The term *”digital diaspora”* is most often used to talk about how diasporic populations the world over use the Internet to connect […]

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Following the Money…from fluff to essentials…

My research journeying to where money is being exchanged through online software is taking me into various muddyings of ideology, finance and socio-economic practice – in places of work through play. click, click, click… Start with the fluff and move to essentials…. microtransact away… or make essential the fluff (which is a bit different from […]

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shifting the lens…

When you ACTUALLY truly shift the lens of benefit to look at issues of sustainable livelihoods, accessible democratic practices and sharing of resources with future generations…… THEN what would we think of a progress? I keep thinking of the senior citizen who asked about why we were not improving our (US) railways – and why we always […]

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