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Andrew Sanchez

This special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology entitled ‘Witnessing: truths, technologies, transformations’ is guest edited by Liana Chua and Omri Grinberg. ‘Truth’ has been central to the human condition for as long as people

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Policing at a distance and that human thing

An appreciative critique of police surveillance

David Sausdal

colleagues, and we need to use technologies that allow us to track their movements. Look!” Detective Nielsen of the Danish police tells me as he points to the screens in front of us, “from here we can see what's happening at every train station. And soon we

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Following, Othering, Taking Over

Research Participants Redefining the Field through Mobile Communication Technology

Nanneke Winters

What happens when research participants employ mobile communication technology to take over the conversation? This article is inspired by Stella, 1 a participant in research on transatlantic and trans-American migrant trajectories in Central

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Staying Tuned

Connections beyond ‘the Field’

Geoffrey Hughes and Anna-Maria Walter

new mode of interaction reflects a more ubiquitous shift in the relationship between ethnographer and research interlocutors that cannot be shunted into a sub-discipline of digital ethnography. With the initial adoption of these technologies, there

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Civilization as the Undesired World

Radical Environmentalism and the Uses of Dystopia in Times of Climate Crisis

Stine Krøijer

fade from view. This suggests that we, in the celebration of the diagnostic qualities of the concept of utopia, have been ignoring the ways in which dystopia works as a powerful technology for drawing people together and legitimizing unlawful actions or

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Capturing Crisis

Solar Power and Humanitarian Energy Markets in Africa

Jamie Cross

. ‘That's ok’, I told him. ‘Today, I'm not interested in how your technology works. I'm interested in how you sell it.’ Virgil was the West African business development manager for a French-owned solar company that I will call Le Sol. The solar lamp is a

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Introduction

Fuelling Capture: Africa's Energy Frontiers

Michael Degani, Brenda Chalfin, and Jamie Cross

investments in fossil fuels and other extractive industries, including many of our own universities. Indeed, despite encouraging market signals for renewable technologies and, more importantly, calls for and experiments in decarbonization, 2019 emitted record

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Plastic Packaging, Food Supply, and Everyday Life

Adopting a Social Practice Perspective in Social-Ecological Research

Lukas Sattlegger, Immanuel Stieß, Luca Raschewski, and Katharina Reindl

professionals in the food system. Hence, these problems cannot be solved solely technically by improved waste management or recycling technologies, as potential transformations must be linked to wider practices of food supply. From such a perspective, the use of

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Liana Chua and Omri Grinberg

, sites and/or mainstream media, they are now more accessible thanks to smartphones, social media and digital platforms. The ubiquity of such technologies has reconfigured what can be witnessed and who a witness can be. Witnessing today is increasingly

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Crafting Spaces of Value

Infrastructure, Technologies of Extraction and Contested Oil in Nigeria

Omolade Adunbi

materials and technology, I show how such refineries represent an emergent form of energy capture that transforms the creeks of the Niger Delta into islands of carbon sale and challenge state and corporate power. This form of capture, I suggest, is embedded