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On Money and Quarantine

A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Francesca Messineo

During the lockdown, I started perceiving cash as a potentially infected entity, carrying the virus on its surface. This article explores the trajectories and implications of this modified perspective on money by merging different levels of analysis. The attempt to grasp both the social and material significance of this ‘object’ will resound in personal anecdotes from my house. The self-ethnographic approach accounts also for the intimate feelings and the new gaze on money produced within me; the enthusiasm for imagining an economy driven by different rules; nostalgia for the activities I used to pay for; anxieties caused by this unprecedented health crisis; and my curiosity to observe how relationships with people and things have changed. The need to share experiences as a political statement and the desire to put fears and hopes into words guide my work.

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Visceral non-presence

Ethnography in the age of COVID

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

. Management admitted it was ‘complex’ to track employees being tested and to follow up with those who had to be quarantined. That's when they contacted the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They then announced confidently to the local press: We

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Introduction

Legal regimes under pandemic conditions: A comparative anthropology

Geoffrey Hughes

point of comparison, my Jordanian friends and interlocutors inform me that the Kingdom initially followed what they termed the ‘Chinese model’, but with many distinctively Jordanian characteristics. In implementing quarantine measures, authorities first

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Sharon A. Kowalsky

physical movement of scholars for research, while online teaching and gatherings have shown both the opportunities and limits of technology for transmitting knowledge and building relationships. As we sit isolated and under quarantine, the international

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

-workers, private recycling businesses, NGOs and the residents of the city. Now working under quarantine conditions in the United Kingdom, my ethnography has been extended and (re)informed by online research and a series of recent telephonic conversations as I have

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Joshua Mullenite

's largest cities. My own experience, emerging from quarantine largely to join my neighbors in the streets, has shown the violence of the situation, as peaceful protestors have been met with pepper spray, tear gas, batons, and mass arrests (see Pereira and

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Anthropology from Home

Advice on Digital Ethnography for the Pandemic Times

Magdalena Góralska

communicate with others. One can only hope that the multiplicity of coronavirus/lockdown/quarantine ethnographies will not turn out to be an overabundance of ad hoc interpretations. While those also have some value of their own, much of the quality associated

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Carceral Repair

Methane Extraction in Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Kristin Doughty

clear sites of caging ranging from prisons to detention camps, forcible rehabilitation centres or infectious disease quarantine centres ( Gomez-Temesio 2018 ; Jefferson et al. 2019 ; O'Neill 2018 ), and analyses of surveillance directly linked to