Virtual Society?

the social science of electronic technologies


Mr Terry Hemmings

Mr Terry Hemmings
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
+44 (0)113 233 5806
+44 (0)113 233 5808 (fax)


Terry Hemmings (A virtual ethnography of the dynamics of social change in relation to new technology) is a sociologist and employed as research associate with Institute of Communication Studies. He is presently carrying out video-based ethnographic studies of family life oriented to the use of technology in household settings. When not conducting fieldwork he lectures in Research Methods and Interaction Analysis at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He continues his association with KORG (Knowledge in Organisations Research Group) which is based at the MMU where he previously worked as researcher studying and writing about the place of technology in the work of museum staff and visitors. His academic interests are mainly centred around SSK and ethnomethodologically informed ethnographic studies. He is presently working on a book with the working title of Thinking and Talking about Objects: A sociological approach in which he attempts to re-define the place of man-made and natural objects and argues that the material world has been mistakenly dislocated from its place in our everyday lives. In a previous existence Terry worked as a design consultant and ran a building restoration company.

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