The Global Smartphone

We refer to the smartphone as the ‘Transportal Home’, since we may understand it better by thinking of it as a place within which we live, rather than as a device that we use. There are many ways in which people treat the smartphone as a domestic space.

Miller, D. et al. 2021. The Global Smartphone: Beyond a youth technology. London: UCL Press.

­­The Impact of a National Cash Transfer Programme on Reducing Suicide

CCT programs play an important role in poverty reduction and well-being improvement for beneficiaries. We have also demonstrated that it contributes towards reduced suicide rates. Targeting social determinants, using cash transfer programmes, could be important tools to limit suicide, predicted to rise in the aftermath of the economic recession, consequent to the Covid-19 pandemic
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Astonishing findings from a study of 76 million Brazilians found the case transfers reduced suicide risk by 61% over 12 years.

Culture is Key: Towards cultural determinants-driven health policy

Important report from the Lowitja Institute , which outlines a call to action on the cultural determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It includes the comprehensive framework below.



Williamson, L., Dent, P., & Bowman, N. (2021). Culture is Key: Towards cultural determinants-driven health policy. Lowitja Institute.

Lexical necropolitics

The theory of lexical necropolitics through which I explore this situation is based on Foucault’s view of racism as a technique of governance. After introducing Foucault’s work on racism below, I argue that the PRC, as a Han supremacist state, subordinates all minority languages, including Tibetan, to the state-mandated national language, producing annihilation anxieties and Sinophobic backlash. I then examine how certain languages are particularly impacted by this dynamic: abandoned by the state, and perceived as ‘mixed languages’ by Tibetans, these languages are targeted for elimination and their speakers subjected to everyday violence.

Lexical necropolitics: The raciolinguistics of language oppression on the Tibetan margins of Chineseness