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The Insta-Dead: The Rhetoric of the Human Remains Trade on Instagram
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. (Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4027-1772
Carleton University. (Department of History)
2017 (English)In: Internet Archaeology, ISSN 1363-5387, E-ISSN 1363-5387, Vol. 45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a thriving trade, and collector community, around human remains that is facilitated by posts on new social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, and, until recently, eBay. In this article, we examine several thousand Instagram posts and perform some initial text analysis on the language and rhetoric of these posts to understand something about the function of this community, what they value and how they trade, buy, and sell, human remains. Our results indicate a well-connected network of collectors and dealers both specialist and generalist, with a surprisingly wide-reaching impact on the 'enthusiasts' who, through their rhetoric, support the activities of this collecting community, in the face of legal and ethical issues generated by its existence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 45
Keyword [en]
human remains trade, Instagram, cultural property, data mining, machine learning
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology; Osteoarchaeology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149623DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.546132OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149623DiVA, id: diva2:1163407
Available from: 2017-12-06 Created: 2017-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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