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Physically Distant – Socially Intimate

Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation

Marion Hamm

. Michael Herzfeld's (2016) anthropological concept of cultural intimacy tackles the relationship between the official national narrative and ‘aspects of cultural identity that are considered a source of external embarrassment but that nevertheless provide

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Andrew Dawson

personal nationalisms ( Cohen 1996 ), the relationship between national identities within oneself. In the manner of so much lockdown anthropology, this is an auto-ethnography ( Reed-Danahay 1997 ), which considers my experience of being an immigrant from

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Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins

Welsh identities, not legal nationalities, and the 24,000 tax-registered second homes in Wales are neither classified nor classifiable by national ownership. But insofar as statistics storied the where of death and diagnosis, a view of the nation

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‘No Virus Is Stronger than Our Unity’

Shifting Forms of Governmental Intimacies during COVID-19

Senem Kaptan

motivational narratives that convey and encourage pride in the Turkish national identity. Through mention of Turkey's aid of medical supplies sent abroad, Erdoğan's Eid letter, for instance, offers a bold critique of international politics by stating that ‘in a

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Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne

the character of national belonging that almost magically veils internal inequalities by way of some imagined ‘horizontal comradeship’. Simultaneously, such ‘imagined communities’ transform the arbitrary into something chiselled in stone. Chance

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Scientific Intimacy

The Changing Relationship with Medical Data at the Time of COVID-19 pandemic

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz

the national health agency is located inside. The location and the modest interior all suggest that the HPSC, while playing an important role in controlling disease in the country, does not enjoy the esteem of other high-profile institutions. I had

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Pandemic Passages

An Anthropological Account of Life and Liminality during COVID-19

Genevieve Bell

innovation institute at the Australian National University. The 3A Institute's mission is to establish a new branch of engineering to help shape the future safely, sustainably and responsibly. This represents a different kind of innovation for the university

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‘Everybody's Always Here with Me!’

Pandemic Proximity and the Lockdown Family

Hannah McNeilly and Koreen M. Reece

, bracing themselves for major changes in their working lives and trying to prepare their households to face a disease no-one understood. Three days later, on 23 March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared a national lockdown and instructed the people of

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

his analysis) is the nation. In this respect, Herzfeld's concept of cultural intimacy is especially productive and telling. Contra relational theories which define the identity of the nation (and/or ethnic group) as an outcome of its juxtaposition

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Experiencing Graduated Intimacies during Lockdown (Fengcheng)

A Reflexive and Comparative Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Urban China

Junjie Chen

as in the national capital of Beijing. Drawing on this online fieldwork, I examine how local people's daily experiences of intimate practices during the lockdown were not only transformed profoundly by city governments’ omnipresent efforts at