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Anthropological Quarterly
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ISSN (Print) 0003-5491 - ISSN (Online) 1534-1518
Published by Project MUSE Homepage  [305 journals]
  • Introduction

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      Abstract: Vacancy is one of the defining residues of deindustrialization, which produces vacant land, vacant homes, and even lives that seem evacuated of purpose.1 In "shrinking cities" like Cleveland and Detroit, which host entire neighborhoods of board-ups, the empty house is a sign with too many signifieds: it stands in for urban disinvestment, global economic shifts, white flight, civil unrest, and the grief that inheres in having too much space where no one seems to want it anymore. Vacancy registers a nagging loss. It materializes decline. But it also points toward futures that are yet to be determined. This collection begins from the observation that vacancy abounds—as a problem in late industrial cities and ... Read More
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  • Postindustrial Futures and the Edge of the Frontier

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      Abstract: If you stand behind the piles of scrap metal that line the coast south of the Hanover Street Bridge, looking across the brackish Patapsco River from the neighborhood of Curtis Bay, you can catch a glimpse of Baltimore's latest development victory: Port Covington. More than 14 million square feet of mixed-use construction, 40 acres of green space, a brand-new street grid, a stadium, and a publicly accessible shoreline—all master-planned by national leaders in landscape design and commercial architecture—comprise this "city within a city." In the middle, between bike paths and boat docks, restaurants and parks, stands the neighborhood's anchor institution: a multibillion-dollar, glass-enclosed headquarters for the ... Read More
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  • What Else Is There' Vacancy as Development Problem and Solution

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      Abstract: Making land vacant often involves forgetting what was there before as well as what remains. In December 2018, a few months after I began closely tracking the redevelopment plans for Clybourn Industrial Corridor, a Planned Manufacturing District on Chicago's North Side, I mentioned my interest to my husband's colleague, who lived just west of the site. We were making small talk at the firm's holiday party. When I expressed concern at the planned redevelopment's size and public cost, he looked at me incredulously. "What else is there'" he asked.Until recently, there had been quite a lot. The Corridor was home to 336 businesses and thousands of jobs. But he was right; at the time of our conversation, the area already ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-06-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Carceral Structures: Financialized Displacement and Captivity in Detroit

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      Abstract: The dynamics of foreclosure and incarceration collided in Clarisse's northeast Detroit home.1 I spent the better part of a chilly November weekend helping Clarisse, a Black woman in her forties, pack and remove her belongings.2 We loaded boxes, bags, and furniture into cars volunteered by family, neighbors, and cashiers from the home improvement center where she worked. Clarisse, her oldest son Damion, his girlfriend Nina, and their elementary school-aged daughter Pearl, as well as three cats and two dogs, were being evicted. Clarisse had bought the two-story, red brick dwelling five years before. The three-bedroom home was a refuge when landlords refused to rent to someone with her collection of pets. She was ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-06-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Hostility as Technique: Making White Space in a Black City (Observing a
           City Over Time through Collective Filmmaking and Collaborative Research)

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      Abstract: A White waiter in his mid-30s is hostile to his Black customer at a new vegetarian restaurant in Detroit.1 At one point, he tells the customer to get his audio-visual equipment out of the way, to the back. The customer, a Black anthropologist, leaves a note on the bill pointing out that it would be nice to be nice. A friend, a Detroit resident, recognizes the phenomenon, what I have come to call hostility as technique,2 and tells the anthropologist that he should tell the Black owner of the neighboring art gallery, where the "Filming the Future of Detroit" film project regularly meets. The gallery owner is also part-owner of the restaurant. The friend also tells the anthropologist about an outdoor ice-skating rink ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-06-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cultivating a Politics of Sight for Vacant Land Use in Cities

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      Abstract: Lot #10017 contained three side-by-side parcels nested within a residential row in North Philadelphia. Plastic bottles and bags were embedded in the landscape. Two mattresses lay abandoned on the sidewalk. The lot had been mowed recently—not so recently that you could see what you were stepping on, but it was easier to collect data here than in other vacant lots. The lot was in fairly good shape when compared to others: it was walkable, its contents were visible from the road, and there were no large, abandoned items, such as piles of tires, broken appliances, or unmarked bags. But it wasn't just the absence of ruin and waste that put the lot in good shape. Tucked in the front corner was a small metal grill. On the ... Read More
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  • Rethinking Vacancy, or Thinking with the Going Home

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      Abstract: Like any city, Chicago is checkered with futures that have yet to arrive. An especially revered one is Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago, a Progressive Era master plan pitched at imparting order upon the city's feverish and chaotic early expansion. By the late 1800s, this metropolis of 1.6 million people had become the largest city in the world by population among those that had not existed at the start of the 19th century (Sennett 1969). The Plan routed its sanitation, transport, and greening schemes through presumptions that Chicago's fate was endless growth, a fate sealed by its emergence at the juncture of two horizons: a vast lake and a "boundless" prairie filled only with "brilliant wild flowers" and ... Read More
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  • I Feel Brandenburg: Temporality, Vacancy, and Migration in Germany's Model
           Socialist City

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      Abstract: "I feel so empty, I feel Brandenburg."In 2005, Rainald Grebe's song "Brandenburg" was a cult hit in Germany. Brandenburg is a largely industrial and agricultural state in the country's northeast, encircling Berlin. Grebe, a satirical singer-songwriter, used his roaring piano ballad to characterize Brandenburg as economically depressed, serviced by down-market stores, and rapidly depopulating—indeed, synonymous with empty, a characterization not without merit. Brandenburg was once part of East Germany and, following reunification in 1990, the former East Germany lost over a million people—approximately 11 percent of its population—as residents from across the region sought economic and educational opportunities in ... Read More
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  • Infinite Parking Lots

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      Abstract: The question before us, it would seem, is where we are when there's no there there.That is how Gertrude Stein formulates everybody's autobiographical dilemma upon discovering that the place where they came from no longer exists as the place where they once were.1 Encounters with vacancy, we could say, produce perplexity and affective shock. They can induce startling moments of confusion in our embodied movement through space and time. In Stein's case, the jolt was precipitated by a confrontation with the specter of an office park occupying the site in Oakland, California where her childhood home once stood. An event like this, we might suppose, would be hard to miss. But Stein being Stein is who she is because she ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-06-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Militarization: A Reader ed. by Roberto J. Gonzalez et al., and:
           Militarized Global Apartheid by Catherine Besteman (review)

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      Abstract: I open Militarization: A Reader and find a brief editor's note explaining that the volume is the result of an initiative by the Network of Concerned Anthropologists (NCA) to oppose the militarization of anthropology.1 The editors—Roberto Gonzalez, Hugh Gusterson, and Gustaaf Houtman—are all founding members of the NCA. The table of contents includes many other NCA members, including Catherine Besteman (author of Militarized Global Apartheid), Andrew Bickford, David Price, David Vine, and Catherine Lutz. The NCA formed as an independent network of US-based anthropologists promoting an ethical, demilitarized anthropology that refuses to participate in the US Army's Human Terrain System and related projects of the war ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-06-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Blood Work: Life and Laboratories in Penang by Janet Carsten (review)

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      Abstract: Janet Carsten's Blood Work: Life and Laboratories in Penang opens in an operating theater during a triple bypass surgery. The reader encounters the technological complexity of the procedure, which depends on a heart-lung machine to ensure the transmission of oxygenated blood to the body and the removal of carbon dioxide while the heart is stopped. The scene conveys a sense of the embodied expertise of the professionals involved—nurses, perfusionists, anesthetists, and the cardiac surgeon—who perform their tasks seriously and in quiet, casual sociality, talking shop and talking holidays. This counterbalance of life and death with the everyday, which Carsten maintains elegantly throughout the book, brings forward ... Read More
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  • The Future of Fallout, and Other Episodes in Radioactive World-Making by
           Joseph Masco (review)

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      Abstract: The Future of Fallout, and Other Episodes in Radioactive World-Making builds on Joseph Masco's previous scholarship to further stress the links between the nuclear security state, national security affects, climate change, and the war on terror. The book examines how the United States continues to produce invisible violence, injustices, ecological collapses, and a limited public understanding of security, resulting in the loss of alternative, more sustainable futures. Masco explores a wide range of normalized violence operating at different scales and temporalities. He also highlights how such violence is in constant need of affective and militarized support in order to revamp itself throughout history.The book ... Read More
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  • Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine by Sophia
           Stamatopoulou-Robbins (review)

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      Abstract: The environment is an incoherent imaginary. Highly racialized in its moralistic deployment of good and bad (McKee 2015), clean and dirty (Butt 2020, Resnick 2021), worth preserving or wasted (West 2006, Wolfe 2006), its terms produce colonial schemas and maps that demarcate who is and isn't deserving of global aid. Improbably suggesting shared culpability for the asymmetric effects of late capitalism's ongoing destruction (Fortun 2001), colonial environmental imaginaries create geographies of charity in the wake of producing what Katherine McKittrick (2013) and others have called uninhabitable geographies. Yet, the incoherence of "the environment" is a resource for racial capitalism, particularly when settler ... Read More
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  • Mekong Dreaming: Life and Death Along a Changing River by Andrew Alan
           Johnson (review)

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      Abstract: The Mekong River, which divides Thailand and Laos, runs through six countries. Life along the river has changed drastically in recent years due to—among other factors—the construction of a dam in China that has led to fluctuations in water levels. Mekong Dreaming explores the conflicts and contradictions of living along a changing river, paying special attention to both the generative power of non-humans and the ways those living along the river confront the uncertainties that recent changes have generated. Drawing on fieldwork in the town of Ban Beuk (a pseudonym), Andrew Alan Johnson provides an insightful examination not just of how marginalized communities respond to the uncertainties of environmental change ... Read More
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  • Scammer's Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica by Jovan Scott Lewis
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      Abstract: The idea of reparations today has taken hold of the public imaginary like perhaps never before. In the past few years, universities in the United States and the United Kingdom have been forced to offer restitutions to persons descended from slaves these institutions once owned and from whom they profited. European and American museums have repatriated artifacts and human remains that were "acquired" from formerly colonized geographies and communities of color. Additionally, the heightened global reach of the Black Lives Matter movement has seen a renewed energy around conversations related to redress and redistribution. It is precisely into this moment of historical reckoning that Jovan Scott Lewis's Scammer's ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-06-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
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