All posts by Jessica Chandras

PhD candidate at the George Washington University in Anthropology, currently working and living in Pune, India.

“Altering the Mode of Sociality”: Communicating through quarantine

The shelter-in-place/lockdown/quarantine orders that took shape in March 2020 in many states have brought out new social dimensions in how we communicate— from taking our relationships online instead of offline, mediating communication through new apps, to the actual physical distance required to keep everyone safe at this time. When a close friend of mine sent ...

Our Ethnographic Ear: Using sound as an ethnographic tool and product

Our megalopoli are deafening: who would put up with this hellish din if we didn't simply expect that with a group comes a racket? Being part of one means not hearing it. The better integrated you are, the less you notice it; the more you suffer from it, the less well-integrated you are. Shouts, car-horns, whistles, engines, cries, brawls, ...