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Introduction: Comparative Insights from the ASSA Project

Miller, D; (2023) Introduction: Comparative Insights from the ASSA Project. Anthropology and Aging , 44 (2) 10.5195/aa.2023.487. Green open access

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Abstract

This introduction provides a basic description of the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing (ASSA) project, including the project’s range of field sites, methods, and ethics. I compare this project with prior comparative studies in the anthropology of ageing. I also discuss certain other findings of the ASSA project as they relate to the ASSA researchers’ re-conceptualisation of the smartphone and our work on mHealth. I then consider how an anthropological approach to comparison differs from that of other disciplines, partly through examining methods of comparison found within the articles in this Special Issue. In particular, I contrast the idea that anthropologists can compare data regarded as commensurable because of a standardisation in how they were collected, to a view that anthropologists mostly do not collect commensurable data at all; in which case, perhaps anthropologists are best at making comparison at the level of implied causation, sometimes developing a spectrum of field sites where implied causation can itself act as a parameter of difference.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction: Comparative Insights from the ASSA Project
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5195/aa.2023.487
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5195/aa.2023.487
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Keywords: Comparative anthropology; Ageing; Causation; Field sites; Qualitative research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10178114
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