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Anthropological Quarterly
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  • Restoring Pasts and Enriching Futures in Albania

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      Abstract: On a late March morning, I found myself standing in front of a relatively newly built, warehouse-like factory in one of the villages adjacent to the Albanian capital, Tirana. Due to its location on the outskirts of the village and its relatively new appearance and scale, this garment-producing social enterprise stands out architecturally from the rural landscape. It is owned by Taulant,1 a 53-year-old return migrant and businessman who opened it in 2016 with the microcredit provided by Yunus Social Business (YSB).2 Taulant met me at the entrance to the building, then took me on a short detour through the sewing workshop, where, as he later explained, 70 women workers make shirts and jackets that are sold to the ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Hoarding and the Substance of Kinship

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      Abstract: Lévi-Strauss ends The Elementary Structures of Kinship by invoking a hoarding fantasy of epic proportions: "[M]ankind" he writes, "has always dreamed of seizing…that fleeting moment when it was permissible to believe that the law of exchange could be evaded, that one could gain without losing, enjoy without sharing…the joys, eternally denied to social man, of a world in which one might keep to oneself" (1969:496–497, emphasis in original). By this point he has spent nearly 500 pages showing us, among other things, that social worlds are born of the giving of gifts and the accrual of debts, with the giving of daughters and sisters for exogamous marriage being the most precious and foundational "gift" of all. The ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Tech-Colonialism: Gentrification, Resistance, and Belonging in San
           Francisco's Colonial Present

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      Abstract: On a windy afternoon in late January 2014, a florescent-lit hearing room in San Francisco's City Hall was packed. Inside, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority was holding a hearing on their proposed pilot program to regulate tech shuttles in the city (colloquially referred to as "Google buses"). After a brief presentation, the floor was opened for public comment, during which many in attendance criticized the pilot program as an example of the city government's collusion in the processes of gentrification and displacement taking place (Maharawal 2021). It was near the end of the meeting that this point was articulated most powerfully by Ricardo Mendez,1 a community organizer from the Mission, a ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Digital Underground: Public Life Beneath the Streets of Bucharest,
           Romania

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      Abstract: The Vodafone Digital Public Library."We wanted to pull Romania into the digital era," Raluca explained to me as her colleague, Anca, nodded along in agreement.1 We sat in a breakout room in the Bucharest headquarters of the global advertising firm, McCaan–Erikson. Raluca and Anca were part of the creative team behind an evolving advertisement campaign entitled, "The Digital Public Library" (DPL; Biblioteca Digitală). First introduced in the autumn of 2012, the campaign paired the prominent telecom provider, Vodafone, with the Romanian publishing house, Humanitas, to produce an interactive media installation inside of the Victory Metro Station (Stația Piața Victoriei). Deliberately framed as a public library ... Read More
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  • Assimilating the Heterogeneity of Migrant Populations through a National
           Past: Transforming a ShiĘża Minority Community in Post-Nationalist Oman

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      Abstract: One evening in October 2016, I joined the Lawati1 community as they entered a crenellated, low-arched gateway along the Muscat/Matrah coastal road. The words "Sur al-Lawatiya" marked the entrance to a fortified enclosure that once housed a community of prosperous merchants and retailers. People thronged its narrow pathways, moving toward the maʼātem (congregational halls for Shiʿa religious activities) to observe the rituals of mourning that define the first ten days of the Islamic month of Muharram. Amid black banners, young men staffed tables near the main maʼātem, talking to customers about their wares—T-shirts, books on Shiʿa doctrine, and cassette tapes and CDs featuring religious songs and the sermons of ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Provincializing Global Sport: Modernity, Capitalism, and the Politics of
           Difference in the Age of Super Leagues

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      Abstract: The flagship Basque football club Athletic Bilbao welcomed its historic rival, Real Madrid, in San Mamés stadium in 2005 before an excited crowd. Games against this Madrid team had had special political overtones since the inception of the Spanish Liga in 1929, as the historical turbulences of the 20th century, particularly the Civil War (1936–1939) and the subsequent Franco regime (1939–1975), had set the Basque region against the Spanish capital in the political terrain. Since then, the Spanish first division has become one of the top leagues of globalized sport. Political antagonisms had normalized into a healthy and manageable dose of hostility, and Basques looked forward to the splendid football of Real ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Routine Crisis: An Ethnography of Disillusion by Sarah Muir (review)

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      Abstract: This is an ethnography of Argentina that weaves together two concerns of contemporary social theory: late- or post- neoliberal temporality and the status of critique in academic and broader intellectual practice.The book's proximal focus is a particular structure of feeling that informs the historical and practical sensibilities of middle-class Argentinians in Buenos Aires in the period immediately succeeding the economic crisis of 2001–2002. Among this milieu, Muir notes, the "dashed promises of twentieth century progress" have given way to a "widespread sense of foreclosed futures," whereby people felt they were now living "an after-ward in which no new beginnings were in sight" (8). This historical sensibility ... Read More
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  • The Moving City: Scenes from the Delhi Metro and the Social Life of
           Infrastructure by Rashmi Sadana (review)

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      Abstract: Working from home during the pandemic, one of the things I missed most about pre-pandemic life was commuting on the metro. Only I didn't realize this until I went back to work in person a year and five months later. Though I live in Washington D.C. and not Delhi, the metro fundamentally mediated my relationship to work and the city. It allowed me a space of my own between work and home, where I could be both public and private, from where I could watch people or retreat into my own space by means of a book or headphones, even as I shared it with others. Somewhat unexpectedly, it was this network of buses, trains, and walking routes—a quintessentially urban infrastructure—that I most joyfully embraced when I ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Feeding Iran: Shi`i Families and the Making of the Islamic Republic by
           Rose Wellman (review)

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      Abstract: Nuclear weapons, contested treaties, and fraught international relations are at the forefront of what Western audiences hear about Iran these days. In Feeding Iran, Rose Wellman offers us something quite different: a rare window onto the quotidian lives, including the foodways, of those who support the current Iranian state, in contrast to the dissident voices within and outside of Iran. Wellman's ethnographic fieldwork took place amongst the Iranian Basij, the paramilitary group that supports the principles behind the Iranian revolution of 1979. These Basiji Iranians are committed to the Islamic Republic, in contrast to those it describes as "Westernstruck." Wellman's primary field site for a year and a half is ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Taxis vs. Uber: Courts, Markets, and Technology in Buenos Aires by Juan M.
           del Nido (review)

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      Abstract: In April 2016, within hours of the first Uber ride in Buenos Aires, the city's taxi driver associations initiated legal action, and the following day, a city judge issued a ban against Uber effective immediately. So begins Juan M. del Nido's Taxis vs. Uber, a study of the melee that accompanied Uber's arrival to Buenos Aires when Uber, supported by the middle class, found itself in confrontation with both the city's taxi industry and its juridico-political order. The conflict, however, as del Nido writes in the conclusion, was not even about Uber: it was about an emergent moment in the Argentine political and public sphere. Exploring this political and public sphere and, in particular, how the urban middle class's ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Legacies of War: Violence, Ecologies, and Kin by Kimberly Theidon (review)

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      Abstract: On February 21, 2022, the Colombian Constitutional Court decriminalized abortion within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. This ruling is part of a vital wave of activism for greater reproductive rights in Latin America. The Colombian case follows important victories for the right to decide in Mexico (in the state of Coahuila, to be specific) and in Argentina, where abortion has been legalized for up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. In contrast to this reality are the recent Supreme Court opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade—the 1973 Court landmark decision that made access to safe and legal abortion a constitutional right—and the latest measures toward a near-total abortion ban by more than a dozen U.S. states, including ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-11-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
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