User:Aaron Shaw

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Brief Bio:

I am currently a PhD student in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. My areas of interest and research include:

  • Latin America: Especially Brazil, Cuba, and El Salvador
  • Development, Globalization, and Modernity: I read a lot of social theory and case studies in these fields.
  • Technology: I am currently researching Open Source and Open Content projects in Brazil. I am especially interested in the ways in which digital media usage among "socially excluded" populations does not always adhere to the expectations of "experts."
  • Ethnography: Both as a methodology and as a "way of knowing" the world. I am especially interested in the use of ethnographic research to understand the problems of postcolonial politics and knowledge.