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Ethnographic witnessing

Or, hope is the first anthropological emotion

Carole McGranahan

've been doing since 2005. It is work that seeks you out based on your knowledge of certain countries, for which one becomes an ‘expert’ when there is trouble in a country you know professionally ( Good 2007 ). And it is work that I always feel unprepared

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A politicized ecology of resilience

Redistributive land reform and distributive justice in the COVID-19 pandemic

Jonathan DeVore

Brazil has endured multiple political, economic, and environmental crises—and now the COVID-19 pandemic—which have drawn social inequalities into razor sharp relief. This contribution analyzes the resilience of rural families facing these crises in southern Bahia. These families have benefited from various redistributive policies over the years, including redistributive land reforms (RLRs), conditional cash transfers (CCTs), and recent emergency aid (EA) payments related to the pandemic. Each (re)distributive approach involves different notions of distributive justice informed by competing background theories of “the good,” which hold implications for concepts of resilience. Drawing on long-term research with RLR communities in Bahia, this article considers the gains achieved by different redistributive programs. Families who acquired land through RLR projects appear more resilient, especially in the face of crisis.

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Covidiots and the Clamour of the Virus-as-Question

Some Reflections on Biomedical Culture, Futurity and Finitude

Bryan Lim

signalling and allow for the construction of the ‘good’ coronavirus citizen – ‘rational, self-owning, and independent, with a moral compass that enables him to consider the interests of others’ ( Anderson 2013: 3 ). This figure of the good citizen has been

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Santiago Ripoll, Annie Wilkinson, Syed Abbas, Hayley MacGregor, Tabitha Hrynick, and Megan Schmidt-Sane

‘safe and dignified burials’ that met public health goals and symbolic, social and emotional priorities during the Ebola response in West Africa is a good example of this adaptability ( Richards 2016 ). Interactions between Context and Response

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Fearful Intimacies

COVID-19 and the Reshaping of Human–Microbial Relations

Carmen McLeod, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw, and Brigitte Nerlich

s onwards, the Good Housekeeping lifestyle magazine provided a record of cautionary messages about germs in the domestic sphere, which urged generations of diligent homemakers to beware of the unseen yet dangerous adversaries in their homes and to

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Narmala Halstead

the impacts of the state's incursion into person-centred spaces and emergency suspension of certain rights in favour of a larger public good. This, again, extends to understandings of personhood in terms of collective and individual rights. Alongside

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Michael Herzfeld

it exists. I do know that those who do not support the current behaviour of their government feel a moral obligation in this regard; they admit to feeling embarrassed, and for good reason. And while the American media have themselves expressed a fair

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Reinforcing Authentic Intimacy?

Relationships between an Escort Boy and His Male Clients in the Spectre of COVID-19 in France

Kostia Lennes

love. 2 But I actually spend really good moments with them. Valentin has no more contacts with his parents, and being an escort boy with a few regular ‘clients’ 3 he truly enjoys being with is a way for him to ‘create a new family’, as he said

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Unexpected Intimacies

An Exploration of the Physician–Patient Relationship during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kelly Colas

through technology such as laboratories and imaging ( Clarke and Shim 2003 ; Delvecchio-Good 2007 ). At the end of 2019, a cluster of mysterious respiratory illnesses reported in Wuhan, China, puzzled the scientific community. These cases were later

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Visceral non-presence

Ethnography in the age of COVID

Jessica Brinkworth, Korinta Maldonado, Ellen Moodie, and Gilberto Rosas

mass at this small slaughterhouse that kills and dismembers some 7,300 hogs a day, at least when times are good. They aren't so good right now. The virus deepens the vulnerability for these communities. * * * Who are these communities? For some