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re:think : a journal of creative ethnography
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  • Searching for Miss Menzies : Tracing the ghosts of eighteenth-century sex
           workers in Edinburgh.

    • Authors: Beth Simpson
      Pages: 5 - 10
      Abstract: Historical records allow the lingering presences of people of the past to be traced. This study documents a search for recorded eighteenth-century sex workers in Edinburgh, assessing whether ghosts can be brought under anthropological inquiry. I find that through informing myself of the history of these women, I was able to construct a sense of their presence. Insofar as I created these ghosts, I argue that the political dispositions of the ethnographer drive attempts to locate the past in the present. I conclude by reflecting on the ethnographic significance of this attempt at conducting an ethnography of the spectral.
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Caring for the dead : affective relationship between people and human
           remains in Aguni, Okinawa

    • Authors: Hikaru Doi
      Pages: 11 - 24
      Abstract: This essay will examine the affective relationships people have with human remains and by extent, the souls of the deceased in Aguni, Okinawa. In conceptualising care, I will explore how senkotsu (bone washing) and other emerging mortuary practices perpetuate and reconfigure the cycle of care between the living and the dead. The element of fear and disgust present in these interactions will also be explored, as such notions centre around these care practices. I demonstrate that with the use of senses such as touch, people forge intimate and affective relationships with the dead. I will also discuss the emergence of new practices of senkotsu and how cremation plays a part in that. Furthermore, I will explore how changing practices alter the ways people fashion caring and affective intimacy with the dead.
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Scripted Politics : An analysis of the Scottish State's reliance of
           Charisma

    • Authors: James Richard Weldon
      Pages: 25 - 30
      Abstract: This essay analyses the goings on of First Minster’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament. Through the realisation that this spectacle is largely semi-scripted I make the argument that the idea of the state relies on the charisma of events like this in order to encourage engagement, thereby reinforcing its existence. I argue that the alternative of pitting facts and figures against each other without the spectacle lacks the charisma to engage an audience in the idea of the state. 
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Snapshots of Sanctuary : Self-definitions of immigrant support in Eugene,
           Oregon

    • Authors: Milena Wuerth
      Pages: 31 - 42
      Abstract: Summary: Since its inception in the 1980s, the US ‘Sanctuary Movement’ has been the source of contentious political debate and academic discussion. Although originally a clergy-based effort of transnational activism, ‘sanctuary’ has since diffused beyond the bounds of any one movement or social denomination. In this ethnography, ‘sanctuary’ is examined as a term inflected in diverse, instrumental, and meaningful ways by those participating in immigrant-support groups and non-profits in Eugene, Oregon. Research was conducted over a two-month period from August through September 2019 and funded by the London School of Economics’ Summer Ethnographic Project.
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Soft Activism : Exploring pedagogic engagement in the ‘clean-tech
           playground’

    • Authors: Milly Warner
      Pages: 43 - 54
      Abstract:   Abstract:This essay will explore pedagogic engagement in a Dutch sustainability site, De Ceuvel. Self-labelled as the “clean-tech playground”, De Ceuvel is a publically accessible site which houses scientists, creatives and a café, and whose ambitions focus on the transition towards a sustainable future, given the context of the current ecological crisis. Drawing upon a two-month research internship, I suggest that sensory and aesthetic engagements are fundamental to the site’s function, allowing pedagogic transmission. I introduce the concept ‘soft activism’ throughout my discussion.   Key words: sustainability, ‘soft activism’, pedagogy, aesthetics, senses.
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Painting the Self in a Study of Modernity : Using Art in Anthropological
           Research

    • Authors: Paola Tine
      Pages: 55 - 68
      Abstract: This essay proposes the application of the concepts of ‘small’ and ‘big’ stories theorised by Lyotard (1984) to the discipline of visual anthropology, by focusing on the issues of ‘generalisation’ and ‘individuality’. The primary question on which this work is focused is: ‘how do we integrate individual case-studies with generalisations in anthropological research in a way that provides a balanced account of small and big stories'’. To answer this question, the author shares the theoretical and methodological challenges of using art within her current research on Nepal. The use of art in anthropology has been proposed as a method of enquiry in recent years (Sweetman, 2009; Sullivan, 2012; Tine, 2017) for its ability to convey a deeper understanding of non-verbal contents than can be achieved through text alone (Cox & Wright, 2012; Prosser & Loxley, 2008). Consequently, a revision in the aims, methods and expressive tools of the discipline (Clifford & Marcus, 1986; Marcus & Fisher, 1999; El Guindi, 2011; Foster, 1995) and a discussion on the topics of ‘subjectivity’, ‘generalisation’ and ‘individuality’ in ethnography and ethnology is now urgent. Furthermore, the issue of how to incorporate and represent all of the individual stories taken from field research, which has been central in modern anthropological debate (Geertz, 1988), must now be dealt with in the new context of anthropological/artistic production. This article suggests that the artist-anthropologist will have to give an account of all the relations occurring within the research project, including the subjectivity of the author and the mediation between generalisation and individual narratives. To achieve this, the use of a personal style and of a clear semiotic codification system will be necessary.
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Running into trouble : Exploring the negotiation of public space between
           running groups and other users

    • Authors: Ben Williamson
      Pages: 69 - 80
      Abstract: This paper looks to investigate how running groups function in public space, both in terms of how they find their way and how they interact with other users. It builds on theories of wayfinding and the study of mobilities to examine how different spaces change how group running occurs. The research is based on the use of head-mounted video footage of group runs to provide insight to the practice and experience of group running in the city. In this way, this paper seeks to engage with efforts to utilise more mobile methodologies within ethnography. 
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Expressions of Sacred Cultural Capital : A Spatial Temporal Exploration of
           Bengali Islam

    • Authors: Abdul Aziz
      Pages: 81 - 86
      Abstract: This short photo essay presents an aspect of work in progress. First hand observational notes and photo recordings were taken around the socially structured field habitus of the East London Borough of Tower Hamlets, it’s religious spheres of sacred cultural capital dispensation i.e. religious ritual ceremonies, social meetings and Mosques during 2012- 2015 and 2016 -19. The photo essay aimed to capture an important perspective in the adoption and reproduction of religiously coloured expressions of sacred cultural capital the significance and social order of faith and how this has shaped and marshalled the social actors in the space they occupy.
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • “My Body is My Tool”... and the Pen is Mine! : An Exploration of
           Feminist Visual Practises

    • Authors: Sophia Neilson
      Pages: 87 - 95
      Abstract: During my research with women performers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I adopted drawing as my primary tool for collecting and analysing data. I found that the best way to capture the value of theatrical performances was through an effective visual medium. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to illustrate the potential of drawing to be feminist tool. My informants created whimsical and often absurd narratives of women’s violation and dissent. With the help from my drawings, I shall put the themes of vulgarity and vulnerability into discussion with the ability of theatre to politically effect.
      PubDate: 2021-06-15
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2021)
       
 
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