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Austrian “Gypsies” in the Italian archives

Historical ethnography on multiple border crossings at the beginning of the twentieth century

Paola Trevisan

historical moments—had to deal with the category of “Gypsy” and which dynamic of resistance or adaption emerged. A second aim is to investigate how events at a local level can force institutions to reveal strategies, or bring forth contradictions, that

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A Visitor's Guide to Shamans and Shamanism

The Kunstkamera's Russian and Asian Ethnographic Collections in the Late Imperial Era

Marisa Karyl Franz

ethnographic category that connected the different Indigenous Siberian and Central Asian people to emphasize a cultural continuity across the Russian Empire east of the Urals. The Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg was an influential ethnographic museum in imperial

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Looking for the child soldier

The judicial investigation in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

Milena Jakšić

Since the early 1990s, the soldiering experiences of children and youth have become a major subject of anthropological research. These studies share a concern to break with the victimist view of the ‘child soldier’ category perpetuated by the

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Carceral Entrapments

Views from the Prison/Street Interface in India

Mahuya Bandyopadhyay

. Second, it indicates aspects in our research that we may be aware of, yet which are beyond the grasp of the words, categories and analytic frames in the social science disciplines to articulate what is going on. Third, ‘the presence of the ethnographer

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Stiletto Socialism

Social Class, Dressing Up, and Women's Self-Positioning in Socialist Slovenia

Polona Sitar

Yugoslavia defined itself in terms of its modernity rather than along familiar class categories. 2 Consumption and leisure became the central foundations of social well-being, together with social welfare in the form of healthcare and social insurance, and

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Into and Out of Citizenship, through Personal Tax Payments

Romanian Migrants’ Leveraging of British Self-Employment

Dora-Olivia Vicol

—through particular bureaucratic processes and aesthetics of numerical self-fashioning. Accounting for Oneself: The Categories and Aesthetics of a Personal Business On my first week as a caseworker, I met Ion. Almost 60 years old, with the imposing build of a man who

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Educating the Other

Foreign Governesses in Wallachia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

Nicoleta Roman

professional category of governess, whose members, designated generically as Mademoiselle, Fräulein, or Miss, were preceded by a cluster of stereotypes associated with their places of origin: coquettish and tolerant (French), severe and efficient (German), or

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Liberation Autochthony

Namibian Veteran Politics and African Citizenship Claims

Lalli Metsola

-combatant and veteran politics and associated inclusions and exclusions (for more detail, see Metsola 2006 , 2007 , 2009 , 2010 , 2015 ). The final sections will focus on how the categories of Namibian ex-combatant and veteran politics result from and

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“Maternal Impressions”

Disability Memoirs in Socialist Poland

Natalia Pamula

culture or identity; rather, it was pathologized. While state socialism attempted to unfix the gender and class orders, disability remained an uncontested category of difference that had to be ameliorated not through denaturalization and

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Seeking Recognition, Becoming Citizens

Achievements and Grievances among Former Combatants from Three Wars

Johanna Söderström

citizenship practices). What is particularly interesting is how these claims not only involve the state but also other targets (such as society and their peers) and how these claims toward all these categories together shape how these veterans see themselves