Tomorrow’s networks
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book presents two projects that represent future directions for our networked anthropology, highlighting the complex translations that our work takes as it engages the world through diverse encounters and collaborations. Both suggest certain directions that networked anthropology might take and both suggest an increasing distance between networked anthropology and the assumptions that have often informed a more 'traditional' anthropology. Anthropologists often find themselves working alongside folks in marginalized and oppressed circumstances. It is part of the humanistic orientation of the discipline, although it historically flirts with stereotyping these populations further, as the history of urban anthropology has warned. The social media sites that we have begun to participate in are not a stand in for traditional ethnographic research such as the study of second life or other virtual environments.