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Barbara Franchi and Natália da Silva Perez

The f-word used to be inappropriate for polite company, but today nobody seems afraid to say it, loud and proud. Hollywood stars and world-famous pop singers can openly claim to be feminists; it is now acceptable for mainstream celebrities to emulate that which more radical independent feminist artists have been doing for the past few decades. This gradual mainstreaming of feminism, facilitated in part by easier and wider access to communication technology, is reflected all over mass media. The last couple of years have also seen a number of high-profile female celebrities engaging in feminist political action. When Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson are UN ambassadors in projects that aim to promote the emancipation of women worldwide, when pop singer Beyoncé openly declares that “we have a way to go [to achieve equality] and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept,” (Vena, 2013) their voices are heard by a wider audience, one that might not have been reached by the voices of activists and scholars who have for decades denounced the problems caused by gender discrimination.

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Maria Bucur

's not even in the same school with me.” She was one of the dorm celebrities since the Freshman Ball. Miss Freshman. Look at them, boy, these celebs know how to suffer too. But a few seconds later I went to her. I took her in my arms and kept her as

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Socialist Masculinity as Private-Public Performance in the Kamanin Diaries

Erica L. Fraser and Kateryna Tonkykh

” overall were elevated to celebrity status almost overnight. Just as the first part of the diary for 1961 was filled with technical data, signifying Kamanin's status as a career aviation man and a veteran pilot, the second half of 1961 clearly exhibits

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The bystander and the passerby

Reflections on ethnographic writing and response-ability

Nicholas Smith and George Mantzios

can only ever sink or swim, while only the minor celebrities of a discipline will likely remain afloat. Life in writing must endure and be endured both off land and overboard. Pandian and McLean claim a spirit of textual adventure for this endurance

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Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne

and dancing lessons are offered free of charge online. The arts are reconfigured as people share their poetry from home, celebrities read out children's books, concerts and collective mediation sessions go virtual and viral. But new intimacies also

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Marco Solimene, Mariann Vaczi, Paul Manning, Bozena Sojka, Stephen Quilley, Anna Zhelnina, and Aimar Ventsel

characters, some pop cultural celebrities, some are theorists: Athos, Morrissey, Sartre, Kierkegaard, Tarkovsky, Seinfeld. Sometimes these characters speak off screen as disembodied voices of theory, sometimes they are just part and parcel of the meaningless

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Men and Masculinities under Socialism: Toward a Social and Cultural History

Peter Hallama

Kenney, Rebuilding Poland: Workers and Communists, 1945–1950 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997), 237–286. 23 Erica L. Fraser, “Yuri Gagarin and Celebrity Masculinity in Soviet Culture,” in Gender, Sexuality, and the Cold War: A Global

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The Politics of Indigeneity and Heritage

Indonesian Mortuary Materials and Museums

Kathleen M. Adams

mortuary effigies and tombs are complicated cultural spaces. While sources of touristic celebrity and ethnic pride, they are also troubling visual reminders of that stratification. Hence, the elite Toraja elder's strategic deployment of the trope of

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Circling around the really Real in Iran

Ethnography of Muharram laments among Shi'i volunteer militants in the Middle East

Younes Saramifar

mazloukeshi (processions) on the day of Hussain's martyrdom. The Karbala paradigm has undergone transformations similar to any other socio-religio-cultural phenomena. For example, lamentation singers have become religious celebrities who narrate the tale of

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Global Patterns in Interaction and Conflict Surrounding Cetacean Conservation and Traditional Marine Hunting Communities

Florence Durney

celebrity culture, and with constituent consuming publics, has been characterized as a kind of “spectacular environmentalism” ( Goodman et al. 2016 ). Many consider cetaceans, as a group, one of the original flagship species and a prime example of