Virtual Society?

the social science of electronic technologies


Dr Sarah Green

Dr Sarah Green
Department of Social Anthropology
University of Manchester
Roscoe Building
Oxford Road
Manchaster M13 9PL
+44 (0)161 275 3989
+44 (0)161 275 4023 (fax)


Sarah Green (Social Contexts of Virtual Manchester) has carried out six ethnographic fieldwork projects since 1987, within Britain and Greece. Her doctoral work in London began her interest in ethnographies of large cities and groups generated out of those kinds of urban conditions, and led to one of the few recent and detailed ethnographies on lesbian and gay politics in Europe (1997, Urban Amazons, London: Macmillan). Dr Green has maintained an ongoing interest both in issues of sexuality and gender, and the changing political contexts in which identities are shaped within 'western' cultures. Her subsequent work in Greece on landscape, borders, ethnicity, and identity has broadened her experience of issues relating to nationalism and the significance of place in relation to constructions of the person. (1992-5: "Contemporary change in use and perception of landscape in Epirus: an ethnographic study". 1996-7: "Notes on the making and nature of margins in Epirus: an ethnographic study of EU-funded environmental and cultural heritage development projects"; 1997-9: "Negotiating Spaces and Places: Processes of Land Use Conflict in Epirus, Northwestern Greece". Title of Programme: Archeomedes II; funding: EC DG XII). 1997-9: "Ethnographic Study of the Argolid: Relations and Information within and Between People, Places and Practices".

Dr Green's most recent research on the social contexts in which new information and communications technologies are being introduced to Manchester (1998-2000, "Social Contexts of Virtual Manchester"; ESRC's Virtual Society? Program) has also contributed to Dr Green's continued involvement in ethnographies 'at home' and the changing conditions in which people are negotiating their conception of hemselves, particularly the asserted 'globalising' effects of the internet.

Some relevant publications: Urban Amazons (Macmillan, 1997); "Post-communist neighbours: relocating gender in a Greek-Albanian border community" (in S. Bridger and F. Pine (eds), Surviving Post-socialism: Local strategies and regional responses in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Routledge, 1997, pp. 80-105); "Relocating Persons and Places on the Greek-Albanian Border": (in Cristina Papa, Giovanni Pizza and Filippo M. Zerelli (eds), Incontri di Etnologia Europea - European Ethnology Meetings. SMAC (Studi e Materiali di Antropologia Culturale), n.s. 1. Perugia: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 1998, pp. 259-281).

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