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Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda

June 5 is World Environment Day, also known as Eco-day. It is an environmental awareness day run by the United Nations (UN). Of course, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, also run by the UN, now dominates our discussions of sustainability in

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Ellen Bal, Erella Grassiani, and Kate Kirk

This article is based on our own experiences and that of several of our colleagues teaching social and cultural anthropology in different Dutch institutions for higher learning. We focus in particular on teaching and learning in two small liberal arts and science (LAS) colleges, where anthropology makes up part of the social science curriculum and/or is part of the core curriculum. The data collected from our own critical reflections developed during informal discussion and from formal interviews with colleagues, together with literature on recent changes in academia, leads us to argue that neoliberal individualism, shaped by management tactics that constantly measure individual performance and output, is making academia an increasingly insecure place in which to work and study. The consequences of this insecurity include increasing mental health problems among both students and staff, intensifying competition at the expense of collegiality and collaboration and an overall decrease in the quality of academic jobs and teaching. Although the discipline of anthropology can help us better understand our own conditions, the personalisation of problems and the focus on success obscure the anthropological lens, which looks at social and cultural structures of power and depends on critical reflexivity.

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The Environment as an Umbrella Concept; From Word to Historical Concept

Risto-Matti Matero and Juan Alejandro Pautasso

The Environment as an Umbrella Concept Paul Warde, Libby Robin, and Sverker Sörlin, The Environment: A History of the Idea (Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 2018), 244 pp. RISTO-MATTI MATERO University of Jyväskylä Less

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Anna-Leena Toivanen and Joanna E. Taylor

—her French pen pal Marie, who was supposed to be there for her at Orly airport, never showed up—turns this part of the novel into a narrative of urban survival of a migrant newcomer. Paris is portrayed as a hostile and absurd environment, and the narrative

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Park Spaces and the User Experience

Reconsidering the Body in Park Analysis Tools

Eric A. Stone and Jennifer D. Roberts

environment elements within community (e.g., neighborhoods), organization (e.g., schools), and policy (e.g., urban planning policies) domains can strongly influence physical activity behavior. Therefore, parks and greenspaces within each of these domains are

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Work after precarity

Anthropologies of labor and wageless life

Rebecca Prentice

Campbell, Stephen. 2018. Border capitalism, disrupted: Precarity and struggle in a Southeast Asian industrial zone . Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Howard, Penny McCall. 2017. Environment, labour and capitalism at sea: “Working the

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The Double Force of Vulnerability

Ethnography and Environmental Justice

Grant M. Gutierrez, Dana E. Powell, and T. L. Pendergrast

vulnerability in ways that make life precarious and produce conditions for solidarity and collective action. While vulnerability seems to contour contemporary environments worldwide, conditions of mortal risk are familiar for humans and our nonhuman

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International learning experiences at home in Japan

The challenges and benefits of taking English-medium courses for Japanese students

Yukiko Ishikura

changing environment’ ( Knight 2008: 4 ). In Japan, the government has played a significant role in the internationalisation of universities since 1983 when it began its first project, the ‘100,000 International Students Plan’, which was followed by the

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Mimesis and Conspiracy

Bureaucracy, New Media and the Infrastructural Forms of Doubt

Michael Vine and Matthew Carey

capricious, convulsive and unyielding environment. As a long-term statistical abstraction, however, the underlying process of climate change is a good example of what Timothy Morton (2013) calls a ‘hyperobject’, an object or event so massively and complexly