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Private Lives

Embedding sociality at digital "kitchen-tables".

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How does digital technology embed social relations? Social media and digitalization are increasingly important dimensions of social interaction. How does this affect and reconfigure privacy, sociality, social boundaries and senses of belonging?

Marianne Gullestad’s classic  ethnography Kitchen-Table Society from 1984 describes how norms and values are established among young women during conversations around their kitchen-tables in Bergen, and is a key reference in Nordic ethnography.  Inspired by her work, we ask: where are the "kitchen-tables" today? To what extent, and how does digital social media transform private lives?

Inspired by her work, we ask: where are the "kitchen-tables" today? To what extent, and how does digital social media transform private lives?

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Private Lives is a research project that is ongoing from 2020 to 2022, in collaboration between the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and the Norwegian museum of Science and Technology, funded by the Research Council of Norway (SAMKUL).

Published Sep. 17, 2020 10:45 AM - Last modified Jan. 21, 2021 9:07 AM