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Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
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  • An Autoethnography of “Making It” in Academia: Writing an ECR
           “Journey” of Facebook, Assemblage, Affect, and the Outdoors

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      Authors: Phiona Stanley
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      While much has been written to guide early career researchers (ECRs) and those charged with socializing them into academic ontologies, much less is known about ECRs’ own experiences of becoming academic. This article presents a narrative, new-materialist account—drawing on Facebook updates and personal diaries—of one ECR’s experience. Interdisciplinary theorizing is proposed, using work-types and zones-of-development models. Individualism is problematized within three contexts: autoethnography as method, the materiality of affect within ECR assemblages, and the limited capacity of any individual ECR to effect systemic change. As ECRs are driven to produce ever more, and thus to “succeed,” they are their own nexus of accountability, making overwork and burnout endemic. So, although ECRs may progress from adaptive to technical work and from proximal to actual zones of development, their workload has no ceiling. Issues of “balance” are therefore retheorized within the assemblage, with extant models critiqued as problematically dependent on neoliberal framings of individual responsibility.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-09-15T06:40:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221120819
       
  • Memory Politics on a Neighborhood Scale: Uses of the Past in the Historic
           Center and the Periphery of Valencia (Spain)

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      Authors: Hernán Fioravanti, Albert Moncusí-Ferré
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This article analyzes the production of memory on a neighborhood scale, comparing the different logics that shape narratives about the past in the historic center and a peripheral area of the city of Valencia (Spain). We analyze the uses of the past developed by three kinds of actors: local institutions, social movements, and residents. This line of research shows that administrators boost aestheticized memories oriented towards commodification and tourist promotion in the historic center and towards an unconflicted representation of interculturality in the periphery. These hegemonic narratives are being reproduced, appropriated, and negotiated by social movements and local residents, who replicate some elements of the official narratives while, at the same time, resignifying other parts and claiming neglected and erased memories. Urban memories function, therefore, as a political arena for the imposition and negotiation of different dynamics and transformations experienced at the local level.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-09-02T11:06:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221121341
       
  • Four Distinct Cultures of Oilfield Masculinity, but Absent Hegemonic
           Masculinity: Some Multiple Masculinities Perspectives from a Remote UK
           Offshore Drilling Platform

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      Authors: Nicholas Norman Adams
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This study explores the multiple and distinct cultures of oilfield masculinity uncovered during an embedded ethnographic study of masculinities onboard a remote UK offshore drilling platform. Oilmen revealed shifting interpretations for how risky and dangerous oil work “should be done.” Changes led to the construction of three distinct masculine cultures intertwined with positive safety behaviors and one culture intertwined with negative risky behaviors. Tracing the trajectory of Connell’s hegemonic masculinity theory, no singular “hegemonic” or dominant masculinity existed in the oilfield. Also, unlike some existing oilfield research, masculine reformations and subsequent divisions and associations between local cultures were triggered by factors independent from shifts in workplace policies. Rather, and linking with emerging research exploring “manhood acts”; oilmen consciously reformulated their masculine identities, embodying self-awareness and self-reflection for reimagining processes, and themselves recognized each industrial identity as unique and capable of cultural support or resistance. Perspectives of growth for “hegemonic” masculinities theory are presented, alongside suggestions for further examination of masculinities in understudied male-dominated workplaces, to further expand the “manhood acts” research perspective.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-08-06T04:31:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221116658
       
  • Interaction Rituals at Content Trade Fairs: A Microfoundation of Cultural
           Markets

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      Authors: Andreas Gebesmair, Christoph Musik
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, we show how ritualized periodic encounters of business partners help to reproduce business relations and a shared understanding of doing business based on ethnographic fieldwork at six international trade fairs in three different cultural industries. We draw on Randall Collins’ theory of interaction rituals (IRs), which highlights the relevance of emotional contacts in social life. Although Collins’ theory and his conceptional instruments help to shed light on a neglected aspect in the sociology of markets, our results go beyond his ethological interpretation of interactions. First, we conclude that Collins underestimates the direct impact of the uneven distribution of economic resources on IRs. Second, we observed not only emotional entrainment in IRs but also the strategic production of emotions.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-08-04T05:06:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221113370
       
  • “The Glorious Pain”: Attaining Pleasure and Gratification in Times of
           Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) among Gym Goers

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      Authors: Assaf Lev
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a widely known phenomenon among gym goers. For many of them, experiencing DOMS the day after working out in the gym is often perceived as rewarding and something of which to brag and be proud. Although existing work within the biomedical field has undoubtedly shed light on coping with and managing DOMS, there remains little in-depth qualitative research on the gym goer’s lived experience regarding this phenomenon. Following Becker’s conceptual framework of using marihuana for pleasure, the article will examine the way gym goers learn to attain pleasure and gratification in times of DOMS through a process of reframing and socialization. Ethnographic research was conducted for two years in two gyms, using a combination of participant observation and semi-structured interviews. Findings illustrate three coherent stages a novice gym goer experiences while becoming an experienced gym goer and enjoying DOMS: (1) learning the proper “working-out” technique required to experience positive effects; (2) recognizing the effects of DOMS and their connection with the workout; and (3) enjoying the effects of DOMS caused by working out. Moreover, once gym goers manage to change the definition of negative sensations and interpret them as enjoyable, DOMS often becomes an indispensable experience that has to be religiously pursued. In this context, the audience in front of which the gym goers perform their DOMS serves as a “front region of behavior” for gaining social recognition by instrumentalizing their pain to strengthen and solidify their gym goer identity.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-07-22T05:26:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221113369
       
  • #LongLiveDaGuys: Online Grief, Solidarity, and Emotional Freedom for Black
           Teenage Boys after the Gun Deaths of Friends

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      Authors: Nora Gross
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This ethnographic study follows a group of Black teenage boys in their Philadelphia high school and online in the years following the shooting death of their friend. Within their peer group, the boys generally focus their shared memorializations on upbeat and affirming reminiscences, protecting each other from sadness but constraining their own emotional displays. In contrast, in the boys’ private worlds, most spend years actively working through their grief in material and embodied ways, including through objects they keep or wear. On social media, these private and public worlds converge as the boys regularly share their private grief expressions with public audiences and define their digital identities by loss. Contrary to popular worries about adolescent social media use, this research finds that for grieving Black boys online worlds offer unusual space for emotional freedom, social support, and solidarity around loss and a counter to restrictive racialized and gendered feeling rules.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-07-01T05:57:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221105869
       
  • Terminating a Wanted Pregnancy: A Feminist, Analytic Autoethnographic
           Account

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      Authors: Batsheva Guy
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      With screening for fetal anomaly becoming more common, more families are faced with making decisions based on receiving fetal anomaly diagnoses after the first trimester. After receiving a diagnosis of fetal anomaly, which is typically associated with shock and denial, pregnant people and couples immediately become faced with a difficult decision of either continuing or terminating the pregnancy. Once a pregnancy termination decision has been made, following abortion of a wanted pregnancy, feelings of grief and sadness are common. While research has been done on the impact of decision-making and mental health diagnoses pre- and post-terminating a wanted pregnancy, there has been little research detailing effective coping strategies for dealing with these unexpected and devastating circumstances. The current study is a feminist analytic autoethnography, which details the experience of my own abortion through a reflexive account. I aim to explore my own methods of coping that were successful as I overcame grief, guilt, and anxiety after terminating my wanted pregnancy due to a fetal anomaly.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-06-24T05:50:10Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221106467
       
  • Touch Me if You Can: Intimate Bodies at Cuddle Parties

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      Authors: Cornelia Mayr
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This article is based on ethnographic fieldwork, focusing on the processes and practices of cuddle parties. Data was collected from a combination of participant-observation, interviews, and diaries aimed to understand and interpret this unique form of intimate interaction. By disentangling bodily disciplines and dramaturgical (self-)presentations, this study explores how and to what extent cuddle party participants embody safe and nonsexual touch experiences in forms of “playful” interaction rituals. Alongside the chance for participants to explore bodies, with permission, this study concludes that cuddle parties are experiential, bounded playgrounds where both intimacy and touch are (re)created in the context of loosened normative, relational, and sexual constraints.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-06-20T05:21:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221100581
       
  • Relying on the Kindness of Strangers: Welfare-Providers to Seafarers and
           the Symbolic Construction of Community

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      Authors: Nelson Nava Turgo, Wendy Cadge, Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Helen Sampson, Graeme Smith
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Seafarers who call into ports usually hope for, or anticipate, a visit from people who provide them with welfare services—from SIM cards and mobile top-up vouchers to religious or nonreligious reading materials, and free transport to the nearest seafarers’ center or shopping mall. In seafarers’ centers, seafarers can normally use free internet facilities, enjoy drinks from the bar, avail themselves of remittance services, and if they wish, practice their faith in rooms/chapels dedicated to religious observance. While port chaplains are usually the people that seafarers associate with welfare services, port chaplains are not alone in providing these services—there are also paid staff and volunteers working in seafarers’ centers. This worldwide community of welfare providers displays the patina of a homogeneous bloc, sharing the same functions, activities, and end-goals in their everyday pursuits in ports and seafarers’ centers. However, this belies a more complex and sometimes fractured community of welfare providers in ports. While their services could be described with one coherent narrative of kindness to strangers, members of this community come from different backgrounds and are employed by different welfare organizations, and in the case of port chaplains, by different religious maritime charities with varying theologies. As a result of this, and the challenges to and changing contexts of maritime welfare services, in ports worldwide, this community is riven with contestation and everyday politics, which may be associated with a symbolically constructed community. This article expands on these issues. It is underpinned by research into welfare provision in two UK ports and in five other countries. It highlights narratives of unity and conflict, opening the doors to a community of people rarely noticed by social scientists.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-05-10T06:22:36Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221092001
       
  • “Mimicked Winks”: Criminalized Conduct and the Ethics of Thick
           Description

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      Authors: Liora O’Donnell Goldensher
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Thick description has long been the standard for both credibility and quality in ethnographic, community action, and participatory observation research across the disciplines, but I argue that researchers have an ethical obligation to consider when to decline to describe thickly. When ethnographers write about actions their informants took that broke, skirted, or challenged laws and rules in service of meeting their own basic needs, anonymization is not enough. We risk drawing the attention of law enforcement or hostile regulators to whole communities employing those practices, rendering their future actions more highly policeable or criminalizable—even if we do not intend to do so, and even if we adequately conceal the identities of the particular individuals described. I suggest five principles for ethical description of criminalized or policeable conduct: justified disclosure, substituting thick description of evidence of a practice for description of the practice itself, balancing thickness with thinness, telling stories when the risks of criminalization are decreasing, and narrating affinities with less-surveilled practices.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-04-26T11:35:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221094653
       
  • Street Art Commodification and (An)aesthetic Policies on the Outskirts of
           Lisbon

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      Authors: Otávio Ribeiro Raposo
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, I discuss how street art has become an ally of urban policies molded by the creative city paradigm in marginalized neighborhoods of Lisbon (Portugal). Based on a dense ethnography of a peripheral neighborhood of this Southern European city, I follow the trail left by how public power uses the commodification of street art as an instrument for urban regeneration, touristification, and management of inequalities. The different meanings and interests around this policy are examined in street art festivals and tours, focused on the participation of young people as local guides. This urban policy has changed the negative public image of the neighborhood, with street art being combined with a multicultural experience commodified in guided tours for tourists. However, by ignoring the opinions of the residents on the interventions, this policy follows a top-down approach in which street art aesthetics operate as a device of subjugation and maintenance of the subaltern, beautifying processes of exclusion.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-04-23T11:36:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221079863
       
  • Families on the Streets: Placemaking in an Urban Heritage Site in Cebu
           City, the Philippines

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      Authors: Bonifacio M. Amper
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Streets are public spaces where people pass through in going from one place to another. As such, streets are not supposed to be dwelling places. However, rapid urbanization has ushered in problems on housing, livelihood, and basic social facilities and services, giving rise to informal settlements and street living in cities. In Cebu City (a highly urbanized city in Central Philippines), displacement from urban slums as well as, lack of livelihood options have pushed some people to dwell on the streets and sidewalks in sites most visited by foreign and local tourists. Through street ethnography, this research uncovers how street dwellers in a heritage site in downtown Cebu City came to live and make a living here. The findings point to the fact that street dwellers have socially constructed and purposely transformed heritage spaces into places where they do their daily domestic routines as well as livelihood activities, in order to survive. This article posits that placemaking by these street dwellers in this heritage site is a process from entering and integrating into the place, appropriating specific spaces into places with meanings for them, building and maintaining social networks, contesting notions of the place, and developing a street culture over time.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-04-20T01:01:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221089925
       
  • The Mental Life of a Telephone Pole and Other Trifles: Affective Practices
           in the Context of Research Funding

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      Authors: Pia Olsson
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This article uses ethnographic social media analysis to interpret affective practices concerning research funding. The analysis is based on Finnish Twitter discussions both within academia and between researchers and those outside academia. Different kinds of affective practices, both sharing and othering, are present in the discussions that guide the ways we make sense of the role of science in our individual lives, as well as in society more generally. We need to see these emotions at work as signals of negotiations of values in the context of neoliberal universities and freedom of science.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-04-06T12:50:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221085713
       
  • Miles and Bars Between: The Tertiary Prisonization and Layered Liminality
           of Prison Visitation Transportation Services

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      Authors: Dylan Addison
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Prison visitation transportation services perform an important yet understudied role in the process of prison visitation for many people with incarcerated loved ones. This article draws on the findings of an ethnographic study of the experiences of loved ones of incarcerated people using a small, Black-owned prison visitation transportation service. Prison visitation transportation services help to mitigate the carceral state’s inherent function to separate people from their incarcerated loved ones, but in turn these services are also subjected to intensive forms of carceral control themselves. As a result, prison visitation transportation services and their staff experience a form of tertiary prisonization. This ultimately results in the drivers of these services experiencing a heightened and enduring state of layered liminality, which becomes attached to them as individuals.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-03-31T08:21:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221085604
       
  • Weed Central: Cannabis Specialists and Polydrug Vendors in Mexico City

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      Authors: Piotr A. Chomczyński, Roger Guy, Rodrigo Cortina Cortés
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Findings discussed in this article addressed a gap in the literature on cannabis markets in Mexico. This article primarily draws on interviews with (N = 64) street drug dealers including 24 incarcerated ones, and ethnographic work in 3 impoverished neighborhoods in Mexico City. We find that cannabis sellers enter the profession through early biographical experiences that are reinforced throughout adolescence. Dealing in the context of this cannabis culture is not only acceptable in the present but also viewed as inherently part of their future. Further analysis reveals a typology of dealers that tends to be marked by the transition from cannabis specialists to polydrug vendors. As dealers progress to more profitable sales of hard drugs, they tend to lose the trust and support of neighborhood residents who view their suppliers, clients, and associates as dangerous. We conclude with policy interventions uniquely derived from ethnographic research that are intended to minimize the risk of escalating to more serious drug distribution while preserving community stability and cohesion.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-03-31T08:20:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221085560
       
  • “He’s Agonal”: An Insider’s Look into the Impact of Moral Injury
           Suffered While Policing on the Westside of Chicago

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      Authors: Patrick J. Burke
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      In this study, I seek to contribute to the literature on self-change and moral injury by providing an autoethnographic account of the processes through which I incurred “moral injury” while giving first aid to gunshot victims as a police officer on the Westside of Chicago. In particular, I aim to address the causes and consequences of failing to find a new identity that would allow me to adjust to repeated trauma. The second aim focuses on illustrating why many police officers working in extremely violent neighborhoods tend to disassociate from victims and potential victims. The analysis of the narratives I present on providing first aid to shooting victims shows that my religiously based moral norms were particularly transgressed by several key mechanisms. In the conclusion, I discuss how future research on moral injury can benefit from incorporating the theory of self-change. I also encourage future research on moral injury to focus on police officers working in extremely violent neighborhoods and consider using autoethnographic methods to pursue such research.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-03-23T01:48:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221087362
       
  • The Price of Consent: Identity Wages in the Games Industry

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      Authors: Alison R. Buck
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Sociologists have long known that wages are not all that attract highly skilled workers to jobs. Identity rewards in organizations of work are opportunities for workers to affirm valued identities. Past research has found that workers who value these rewards will protect them when they are threatened. Other scholars have shown that managers can use identity rewards to control and elicit cooperation from workers. Another body of scholarship has explored how gendered assumptions and expectations are built into organizations of work. Based on 2 years of field research and 18 interviews with games industry professionals, my research unites these lines of inquiry, by examining how gendered identity rewards entice game developers for game developers to forgo higher wages and more stable conditions in other areas of software development, reinforcing both exploitive class relations and a culture hostile to marginalized workers.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-03-21T05:36:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221085558
       
  • From Nativeness to Strangeness and Back: Ascribed Ethnicity, Body Work,
           and Contextual Insiderness

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      Authors: Patrycja Trzeszczyńska
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      This article offers a reflection on a certain variant of broadening the position of “being inside” with some “buts,” or through “within but.” Drawing on my field experience in the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada, I discuss the context-dependent, fluid and labile insiderness and the case of using a researcher’s embodied distinctions (senses, ethnicity, class) in the research site created by the fieldwork participants, and not the researcher him/herself. My considerations are embedded with the dialectics (not opposition) of the insider–outsider and point to the contextual “nativeness” and “strangeness” of the researcher. I also discuss the fluidity and contextuality of a researcher’s field familiarity, as well as when s/he conducts research in cooperation with “their own people,” as well as circumstances and factors that transform this familiarity into strangeness. I argue that the latter, instead of being an obstacle or barrier in the research, is a beneficial and mind-opening ethnographic tool.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-03-10T05:11:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221077676
       
  • Claiming and Reclaiming Settings, Objects, and Situations: A
           Microethnographic Study of the Sociomaterial Practices of Everyday Life at
           Swedish Youth Homes

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      Authors: Kajsa Nolbeck, Helle Wijk, Göran Lindahl, Sepideh Olausson
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      The aim of this study is to explore social interactions in the spatial and material environment within everyday life at special youth homes in Sweden, where youths with psychosocial problems, or criminal behavior are cared for involuntary. A microethnographic approach was chosen, and data was collected through participant observation. A theory integrating analysis, using Burke’s (1969) dramatistic pentad as a tool for structuring the data and Goffman’s (1956; 1961) dramaturgical perspective was undertaken. The findings demonstrate that the staff’s control over settings and objects also means control over the definition of what kind of place the special youth home is, and what takes place there. This is shown through a decorous behavior of sociomaterial control practices, rather than care practices, by the staff. This study contributes to knowledge on spaces and objects as crucial parts of care practices highlighting the intentions inscribed in institutional design and objects.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-03-08T07:13:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221082701
       
  • Autoethnography of Holy Death: Belief, Dividuality, and Family in the
           Study of Santa Muerte

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      Authors: Kate Kingsbury
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Through an autoethnographic account that interweaves academic observations, my story of how I came to study Santa Muerte in Mexico and the entangled, emotive tale of Abby, a Santa Muerte devotee whom I grew very close to, I discuss the topic of belief in the ethnography of the occult and the “politics of integration”, derisively referred to “as going native”. I reveal how being an ethnographer of the Mexican female folk saint of death has taught me the necessity of dividuality and embracing belief in both the epistemological worlds of academia and the occult. I argue that slipping fluidly between the realm of science and the cosmos of magic has given me access not only to arcane knowledge and networks of practitioners but also through shared experiences of participatory consciousness with devotees of death during our rituals, proffered unique experiences, and new insights through intersubjectivity and interexperience, allowing me to understand the mystical power of Death Herself.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-02-12T05:12:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221075374
       
  • Assemblage Thinking in Lockdown: An Autoethnographic Approach

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      Authors: Salman Khan
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Over the past year, COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed in its wake have meant that a range of research methodologies involving social contact could no longer be pursued. Whilst this time has been challenging, this article aims to showcase how it nonetheless presents opportunities for methodological innovation that can be carried forward into the future. Drawing upon an autoethnographic dissertation that sought to conceptualize the researcher’s lived experience in Scotland’s lockdown as an assemblage that was situated within, and intersected with, the wider “lockdown cultural assemblage,” it proceeds chronologically from how the research began to inductively drawn findings on shifts to lived experience produced by the lockdown across five interrelated dimensions to lived experience: embodiment, spatiality, temporality, a changing vocabulary of sociality, and narratological environment and broader context. In recounting this journey, it demonstrates how assemblage theory can both benefit from, as well as transform, autoethnography as its primary methodological strategy.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-01-18T05:00:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416211067563
       
  • Walk a Mile in My Shoes! An Autoethnographical Perspective of Urban
           Walkability in Galway

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      Authors: Mike Hynes
      First page: 619
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      The need to reverse the harmful economic, social and environmental effects of car-dependent cities has intensified as evidence of its costs on health, communities, local economies, and climate change goals becomes more apparent. Part solution must be a focus on reducing the need for private car use and increasing instances of active and sustainable transportation such as walking. Walkability is the measure of how walking-friendly an area is for individuals and includes concerns such as the built environment and connectivity to key amenities and additional transport options. This study presents an autoethnography of walking in Galway. By “experiencing” the author’s walk to work, it points to the lack of concern for the crucial features of walkability that would make this an attractive option for many in the city. The aim is to better inform community actors and policymakers on how to enhance urban design and planning with respect to walkability.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-02-05T06:30:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221075324
       
  • Mothers and Workers in the Time of COVID-19: Negotiating Motherhood within
           Smart Working

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      Authors: Nadia Rania, Rosa Parisi, Francesca Lagomarsino
      First page: 645
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      The article is an autoethnographic account written by three Italian academic researchers and mothers with children of different ages. The authors engage in a reflection starting with their experience as working women committed to the work–family negotiation process while facing the COVID-19 health emergency that has affected the whole world. This article focuses on how we, as middle-class, heterosexual, white mothers working in a privileged employment context during the period of the pandemic lockdown, negotiated the complex mother and worker roles, balancing work and family time while smart working (teleworking from home). We start with a reflection on the use of autoethnography as a research tool and then propose an analysis of work–family balance strategies in an anomalous situation, such as that of the lockdown, highlighting the tensions in gender roles within dual-career families.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-02-12T05:27:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221075833
       
  • Multifaceted Intergroup Relations in an American Town—Immigrant
           Intrusion, Symbiosis, and Invisibility

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      Authors: Halyna Lemekh
      First page: 676
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this article explores the intricate relationships between three major ethno-racial groups residing in a suburban town in the New York metropolitan area. At the present time, the prosperous Korean ethnoburb is gentrified by Korean immigrants, triggering the displacement of the old-timers, referred to as the “White exodus” in this research. Granted that the cheap labor is in high demand in the rejuvenating neighborhood, the town has become a magnet for Guatemalan immigrants who have established their own ethnic islet in the vicinity. While the relationships between the Asian immigrants and the White old-timers generated by invasion-succession trends are full of resentment, the work-related interactions between the Asian and Hispanic (mostly Guatemalan) immigrants can be described as immigrant symbiosis. Both groups are aware of explicit exploitation, but they need and rely on each other to attain their own “American dream.”
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-02-14T04:37:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221077141
       
  • Researching While Trans: Being Clocked and Cooling Cistress

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      Authors: Davida Jae Schiffer
      First page: 700
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, I investigate how predominantly cisgender and straight participants of a university LGBT Ally Training program perceived transgender topics. As a trans woman, my positionality and gendered embodiment shaped my research process—depending on whether or not I was perceived as trans. Drawing on 21 interviews with 12 training participants and the training instructor, plus 12 hours of ethnographic observations of 4 Ally Trainings, I show the interactive nature of the research process and how I navigated what I call participant distress. Participant distress manifested due to participant anxiety regarding how I, a trans researcher, perceived their responses. I analyze distress through the lens of Goffman, and offer cistress as a more specific interactive process of disrupting cisnormative statements that results in guilt or anger.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-03-10T05:13:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221081870
       
  • On Refrigerators and Rage: Secrecy and Pacification in the Florida
           Restaurant Industry

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      Authors: Savannah Mandel
      First page: 726
      Abstract: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ahead of Print.
      Designed based on careful specifications and regulations, commercial refrigerators can be found in almost all restaurants across the United States. In this article I explore the multifaceted role of the commercial walk-in refrigerator as a space of mediation, secrecy, and pacification among restaurant industry workers in central Florida. I analyze two years of ethnographic research conducted from 2015 to 2017, and argue that the refrigerator acts as a liminal zone within the restaurant, which is used by management to subdue, pacify, and placate employees. To do so I draw on literature by design justice scholars on discriminatory design, to consider the ways in which the physical structure of American restaurant establishments perpetuate physical and emotional abuse of workers.
      Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
      PubDate: 2022-03-08T07:15:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/08912416221079808
       
 
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