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Editorial Introduction

The Cases of Japan, Australia, and the United States

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

ontological and epistemological sense—precisely their nature is, and how they relate to the studies in the other parts of this thematic issue. In the case of Japan, the pandemic increased frictions and contradictions. The issues discussed are (1) the

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Living the Dream or Surviving a Nightmare?

Cody Rodriguez

's rental market’ (BBC 2017), what Rhiannon Craft (2020: S327 ) might refer to as evidence of ontological insecurity: It is suggested that bringing one's immediate surroundings under control facilitates autonomy and identity construction, which can

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The Societal Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Explained via Three Frameworks

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

The eleven studies, shortly introduced here, are not really consistent in their scientific approaches, both in the ontological sense (propositions on the nature of reality), as well as in the epistemological sense (methodologies to obtain reliable and

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Politics, Sociability and the Constitution of Collective Life

Will Rollason and Eric Hirsch

ontological’ approach in anthropology championed by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (2004) . For Viveiros de Castro (2015) , following Clastres and Gilles Deleuze, another thinker influenced by Clastres ( Cova and Sarmiento Barletti 2021 ), anthropology's role is

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Editorial Introduction

The Cases of Italy and China

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

democracy; and the specific ontology of humans as “social beings” elaborated in SQT ( Herrmann et al. 2012: 86 ; Westbroek et al. 2020 ). The contrasting cases of Italy and China with regard to their governance approaches show just how badly we need to

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate Change

Expressions of Global Ecological and Societal Misbalances

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

conceptual framework is dedicated to the theorizing of the concept of “the social” with the help of the explication of its ontological assumptions. These assumptions deliver points of departure of the epistemological assumptions expressed in the analytical

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Decisiveness in Domestic Public Policies

Case Studies of Israeli Gas Field Development and COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Artur Skorek

these patterns, which provide them with ontological security. The analysis in this article is premised on the assumption that the dominant identity of the Israeli state is associated with policies characterized by swift, decisive, and resolute responses

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The Case of China

The Societal Impact of the “Whole of Government Approach”

Wang Jing and Wang Xue

involved. In order to organize our descriptions, we will make use of the social quality framework. Social quality theory (SQT), born at the end of the twentieth century, is based on the ontological notion that “humans and collective entities do evolve in

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Technological Inequality and Social Exclusion of Older People during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anna Tsetoura

processes resulting [in] the formation of collective identities” ( van der Maesen and Walker 2012: 46 ). This fundamental (ontological) notion implies that human beings are viewed and need to be approached as basically “social beings.” The “social quality

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Digital Humanities—Ways Forward; Future Challenges

Honoring David Kammerling Smith and the Digital Public Sphere; Acceleration?; Digital Humanities for the People(?); Infrastructure as Privilege; Computation, Cultures, and Communities; Digital Humanities and Generational Shift

Sally Debra Charnow, Jeff Horn, Jeffrey S. Ravel, Cindy Ermus, David Joseph Wrisley, Christy Pichichero, and David Kammerling Smith

tics of Mass Digitization . Thylstrup builds an analysis centered on “networked assemblages” and “infrapolitics” in order to flesh out ontological as well as political-juridical-economic interactions that subtend the digital sphere. The notion of