Daniel Miller

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British anthropologist, (1954 - )

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Areas of Specialization: Digital Anthropology
Daniel Miller is a Professor of Anthropology at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Archaeology from University of Cambridge. He is the founder of University College of London’s digital anthropology program and the director of Why We Post: Global Social Media Impact Study, an international anthropological study of human social media usage. In so doing, he pioneered the study of digital anthropology, which investigates the experience of human/technology interactions. Why We Post generated a body of research that has been downloaded more than half a million times.

Miller is a critic of materialism, an ethos in which the material is valued more highly than the cultivation of relationships with other people. He has studied people’s relationships with their possessions in works such as A Theory of Shopping, which suggests that common purchases can be a window into a family’s domestic life. He has written other books in this area, including Consumption and Its Consequences and Stuff.

He is a fellow of the British Academy and a recipient of the Rivers Memorial Medal, granted by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

His current research project, funded by the European Research Council, is The Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing, which is expected to conclude in 2022.

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According to Wikipedia, Daniel Miller is an anthropologist who is closely associated with studies of human relationships to things, the consequences of consumption and digital anthropology. His theoretical work was first developed in Material Culture and Mass Consumption and is summarised more recently in his book Stuff. This is concerned to transcend the usual dualism between subject and object and to study how social relations are created through consumption as an activity.

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