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Transformation and the Satisfaction of Work

Andrew Sanchez

work when his employer reduced his hours in the face of financial problems. As we squatted on the ground of the metal yard one afternoon, surrounded by broken bicycles, tin cans, and assorted detritus, he told me that he missed his old job. Although

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Medical Ethnography over Time

Penetrating “the fog of health” in a Nigerian community, 1970–2017

Murray Last

quite rapidly along the paths, whereas before ordinary pedal bicycles could scarcely take the ill or those in difficult, obstructed labour for help. Though there was a small universityrun hospital some 25 miles away, it had no ambulances available – even

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‘Life Is Tight Here’

Displacement and Desire amongst Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan

Morgen A. Chalmiers

her hopes were for her daughters in the future ( shū bidik li binātik b-al-mustaqbal? ). She replied immediately: You know, now my daughter is wanting – she's telling me ‘Mama, bring me a bicycle to play on’. I can't because there's no room in the

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“This Is Our Home”

Notions of Home and Childhood Vulnerability in Western Kenya

Erick Otieno Nyambedha and Jens Aagaard-Hansen

Aloo, a thirteen-year-old girl who was a paternal orphan. When Aloo's father died, her maternal aunt travelled from Nairobi to attend the funeral in the village. The aunt had a bicycle in her Nairobi house that was not being used and suggested that her

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Mobile Phones, Farmers, and the Unsettling of Geertz's Moroccan Suq/Bazaar Economy

Hsain Ilahiane

technology inventory of each respondent's communicative ecology (number of bicycles, number of mopeds, number of cars, number of radios, televisions, fax machines, satellite dishes, personal computers, access to the internet, mobile and landline phones

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Review Essay

Lives, Works, and Conversations in Economic Anthropology

Chris Hann

a campus fraternity. Attachments to toys, guns, bicycles, and automobiles are central to the narrative because the life of the author has been saturated with such objects, “a veritable cornucopia of handmade and machine-made commodities” (p. 3). The

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The Body as the Affective Materiality of Ageing in a Future City

Tiina Suopajärvi

slower and therefore obliged to give way to quicker, younger bodies, faster cars and bicycles. According to the seniors in our workshops, the ageing bodies intend to stay on the move in the future city, since the sense of independence of the aged depends

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The Case of Germany

Civil Society and Civic Activism in the Pandemic

Susann Worschech

observed in several major German cities. In Berlin and its districts, informal initiatives, associations, and bicycle activist groups such as Changing Cities, Netzwerk Lebenswerte Stadt, and other local networks have been campaigning for bicycle

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Reaching ‘the Vulnerable’ by Working from the Heart?

Community Case Workers in Zimbabwe

Saana Hansen

such as hats and T-shirts, even bicycles in some instances ( UNICEF 2019 ). As we saw, Maria received allowances from a child welfare agency for registering beneficiaries for their purposes. She explained that ‘whenever I get a call for an event, I will

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The Worth of the ‘While’

Time and Taxes in a Finnish Timebank

Matti Eräsaari

exchange. The way in which the Timebank quantifies tasks—from bicycle repairs to reiki healing—as equal units of time recalls Marilyn Strathern's (1992: 182) view of enumeration as quality in exchange. Strathern argues that instead of reifying the