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How We Tweet About Coronavirus, and Why: A Computational Anthropological Mapping of Political Attention on Danish Twitter during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant political, social, and economic effects across the globe, including in Denmark. In response to the pandemic, the Danish government, as one of the first countries in Europe and indeed the world, decided to close its borders, lockdown public institutions, and ban gatherings over ten people, among other “social distancing” measures. Like elsewhere in …

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Feeling Autism Neuroscience

Des Fitzgerald’s new book, Tracing Autism, has a little something for everyone. Readers in the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), sociology of science, feminist theory, neuroscience, not to mention the social study of autism, will find much to incite further reflection and debate.

Indeed, one of the strengths of Tracing Autism is its ability to speak to …

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Web Roundup: How Do You Feel Today?

New Facebook reactions, the expansion of “like” options to include “love,” “sad” and “angry” emoticons (among others), is just one way affect has collided with technology this month. Zuckerberg and co. collaborated with the Greater Good Science Center team to produce “scientifically faithful” icons. No longer must you experience your feelings bounded within the body; instead, Facebook …

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Confusion, Truth, and Bureaucracy: A reply to Fitzgerald and Callard

This article is part of the following series:

Des Fitzgerald and Felicity Callard have recently offered some advice, a normative orientation even, for those engaging in collaboration:

“Living well in a collaborative mode is about resisting the urge to sort things out – it is about quelling the desire to be clear, at all times, on who ‘I’ am, and what ‘I’ am doing, and whether or

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Web Roundup: What Are You Afraid Of?

With Halloween just days away, October’s roundup will look at some of the macabre and spooky insights the web had to offer this month. Fear being a sensory experience–a pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweaty palms and vision problems are among the physiological markings of fear–it’s no surprise that science, medicine and the media valiantly make attempts each year to …

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Anne Allison’s Precarious Japan

Precarious Japan

by Anne Allison

Duke University Press, 2013. 246 pages

 

The March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster in Northern Japan illuminated and deepened a sense of vulnerability for people across the nation that, as Anne Allison argues in Precarious Japan, significantly predated this “triple disaster.” Author of three other major books on the cultural …

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