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Miller, Daniel 1954-

Works: 75 works in 815 publications in 5 languages and 26,053 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Scientific advisor, Creator, Contributor
Classifications: GN406, 306
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Daniel Miller
The sari by Mukulika Banerjee( Book )

24 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on experiences from villagers in Bengal to scientists in Bangalore, this book explores the beauty, adaptability and personality of India's most iconic garment. Banerjee and Miller show why the sari has survived and indeed flourished as everyday dress when most of the world has adopted western clothing. Their book presents both an intimate portrait of the lives of women in India today and an alternative way for us all to think about our relationship to the clothes we wear."--Jacket
The cell phone : an anthropology of communication by Heather A Horst( Book )

27 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book traces the impact of the cell phone from personal issues of loneliness and depression to the global concerns of the modern economy and the trans-national family. As the technology of social networking, the cell phone has become central to establishing and maintaining relationships in areas from religion to love. The Cell Phone presents the first detailed ethnography of the impact of this new technology through the exploration of the cell phone's role in everyday lives
Material culture and mass consumption by Daniel Miller( Book )

36 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on a range of examples from Western and developing cultures, this book offers a re-reading of the contemporary society as the product of both individual and collective identity and behaviour. Marxist interpretations of the expansion in the range and number of material goods have tended to view people as estranged from the objects they produce, while massive consumption reinforces the fragmented and individualistic nature of capitalism. In this book, the author develops a more positive theory of material culture, revealing the creative potential in the relationship between people and goods. He argues that rather than being oppressed by them, people redefine material objects to make them express themselves and their cultures. He shows that everyday objects reflect not only personal tastes and attributes, but also moral principles and social ideals
A theory of shopping by Daniel Miller( Book )

37 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is about shopping for ordinary things. It is also about love and devotion manifest within families and about the nature of sacrificial ritual. Daniel Miller approaches shopping not as an end in itself but as a means to discover what people's practices, closely observed, reveal about their relationships." "The ethnographic sections of the book are based on a year's study of shopping on a street in North London. This provides the basis for a description of how shoppers develop and imagine the social relationships most important to them through the medium of selecting goods. Among the characteristics of these shopping expeditions are the concept of "the treat," and the centrality of thrift. Miller juxtaposes to his account of shopping various theories that anthropologists have brought to bear on the ritual of sacrifice, including that of the French philosopher Georges Bataille. He then integrates these elements to postulate his theory of shopping as sacrifice in terms as original and utterly engaging as the stories he tells of individual shoppers."--Jacket
The comfort of things by Daniel Miller( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do we know about ordinary people in our towns and cities, what really matters to them and how they organize their lives? In this book, anthropologist Daniel Miller visits an ordinary street to look into 30 households and to reveal the forms by which ordinary people make sense of their lives
Tales from Facebook by Daniel Miller( Book )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facebook is used by nearly 500 million people throughout the world. Once the preserve of youth, the largest increase in usage today is amongst the older sections of the population. This book examines how Facebook transforms the lives of particular individuals, but it also presents a general theory of Facebook as culture and considers the likely consequences of social networking in the future
Material cultures : why some things matter by Daniel Miller( Book )

45 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The diversity of these essays is mediated by their common commitment to ethnography with a material focus. Against the established practice of examining objects as mirages of media or language, Material Cultures emphasizes how the study of objects not only contributes to an understanding of artifacts but is also an effective instrument for the study of social values and contradictions
Car cultures( Book )

13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Internet : an ethnographic approach by Daniel Miller( Book )

32 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of Internet culture and consumption. From cybercafes to businesses, from middle class houses to squatters settlements, the authors have gathered material on subjects as varied as personal relations, commerce, sex and religion
Stuff by Daniel Miller( Book )

26 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Things make us as much as we make things. And yet, unlike the study of languages or places, there is no discipline devoted to the study of material things. This book shows why it is time to acknowledge and confront this neglect and how much we can learn from focusing our attention on stuff." "The book opens with a critique of the concept of superficiality as applied to clothing. It presents the theories that are required to understand the way we are created by material as well as social relations. It takes us inside the very private worlds of our home possessions and our processes of accommodating. It considers issues of materiality in relation to the media, as well as the implications of such an approach in relation, for example, to poverty. Finally, the book considers objects which we use to define what it is to be alive and how we use objects to cope with death." "Based on more than thirty years of research in the Caribbean, India, London and elsewhere, Stuff is nothing less than a manifesto for the study of material culture and a new way of looking at the objects that surround us and make up so much of our social and personal life."--Jacket
Digital anthropology by Heather A Horst( Book )

24 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anthropology has two main tasks: to understand what it is to be human and to examine how humanity is manifested differently in the diversity of culture. These tasks have gained new impetus from the extraordinary rise of the digital. This book brings together several key anthropologists working with digital culture to demonstrate just how productive an anthropological approach to the digital has already become. Through a range of case studies from Facebook to Second Life to Google Earth, Digital Anthropology explores how human and digital can be defined in relation to one another, from avatars and disability; cultural differences in how we use social networking sites or practise religion; the practical consequences of the digital for politics, museums, design, space and development to new online world and gaming communities. The book also explores the moral universe of the digital, from new anxieties to open-source ideals. Digital Anthropology reveals how only the intense scrutiny of ethnography can overturn assumptions about the impact of digital culture and reveal its profound consequences for everyday life. Combining the clarity of a textbook with an engaging style which conveys a passion for these new frontiers of enquiry, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies and sociology."--Back cover
Acknowledging consumption : a review of new studies by Daniel Miller( Book )

34 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is a survey of the writings on consumption produced over the last decade. There are chapters on consumption studies in anthropology, consumer behaviour, economics, geography, history, media studies, psychology and sociology
Capitalism : an ethnographic approach by Daniel Miller( Book )

22 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Materiality by Daniel Miller( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the varied manifestations of materiality from ancient times to the present, this book assesses the fundamental role of materiality in shaping humanity
Blue jeans : the art of the ordinary by Daniel Miller( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on an everyday item - blue jeans - to learn what one simple article of clothing can tell us about our individual and social lives and challenging, by extension, the foundational anthropological presumption of the normative
Home possessions : material culture behind closed doors by Daniel Miller( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropology and the individual : a material culture perspective( Book )

13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study demonstrates how methods of social analysis can be applied to the individual, while remaining entirely distinct from psychology and other perspectives on the person. Contributors have drawn on approaches from material culture to create analytical portraits of individuals
How the world changed social media by Daniel Miller( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How the World Changed Social Media is the first book in Why We Post, a book series that investigates the findings of nine anthropologists who each spent 15 months living in communities across the world. This book offers a comparative analysis summarising the results of the research and exploring the impact of social media on politics and gender, education and commerce. What is the result of the increased emphasis on visual communication? Are we becoming more individual or more social? Why is public social media so conservative? Why does equality online fail to shift inequality offline? How did memes become the moral police of the internet? Supported by an introduction to the project's academic framework and theoretical terms that help to account for the findings, the book argues that the only way to appreciate and understand something as intimate and ubiquitous as social media is to be immersed in the lives of the people who post. Only then can we discover how people all around the world have already transformed social media in such unexpected ways and assess the consequences
Social media in an English village : or how to keep people at just the right distance by Daniel Miller( Book )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Miller spent 18 months undertaking an ethnographic study with the residents of an English village, tracking their use of the different social media platforms. Following his study, he argues that a focus on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram does little to explain what we post on social media. Instead, the key to understanding how people in an English village use social media is to appreciate just how 'English' their usage has become
VISUALISING FACEBOOK by Daniel Miller( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the growth of social media, human communication has become much more visual. This book represents the first attempt to analyse the images people post on a regular basis to Facebook. It includes hundreds of examples, so readers can see for themselves the differences between postings in a village the authors name The Glades, north of London, and a small town they name El Mirador in Trinidad. Why do women respond so differently to becoming a mother in England from the way they do in Trinidad? How are values such as carnival and suburbia expressed visually?  An examination of over 20,000 ima
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The cell phone : an anthropology of communication
Alternative Names
Miller, D. 1954-

Miller, D. (Daniel), 1954-

Дэниэл Миллер

دانييل ميلر

English (439)

German (13)

Spanish (6)

Italian (4)

Chinese (1)

The cell phone : an anthropology of communicationMaterial culture and mass consumptionA theory of shoppingThe comfort of thingsTales from FacebookMaterial cultures : why some things matterCar culturesThe Internet : an ethnographic approach