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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

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Ladies Selling Breakfast

COVID-19 Disruption of Intimate Socialities among Street-Engaged Food Traders in Ho Chi Minh City

Ngoc-Bich Pham, Hong-Xoan Nguyen, and Catherine Earl

less distance and I could sell one hundred bowls in one place. Chị Năm built her customer base through interpersonal relations and the social capital associated with serving a tasty dish that is prepared hygienically. After three years, she set up

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The triple-sidedness of “I can't breathe”

The COVID-19 pandemic, enslavement, and agro-industrial capitalism

Don Nonini

between slaves and soil by prescribing benchmark measures for the process by which human capacity and earthly fertility were metabolized into capital” ( Johnson 2013: 154 ). The labor process of picking cotton was one measured and held to a standard by

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From Toilet Paper Wars to #ViralKindness?

COVID-19, Solidarity and the Basic Income Debate in Australia

Anne Décobert

group of international students established ‘Kindness Shake’, a programme supported by local businesses that distributes free meals to temporary visa holders. And so the list goes on. Disaster studies demonstrate that social capital and networks of

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Legal regimes under pandemic conditions: A comparative anthropology

Geoffrey Hughes

: The Making of National Identity in Jordan ( New York : Columbia University Press ). Marx , K. ( 1976 ), Capital: A Critique of Political Economy , vol. 1 , trans. Ben Fowkes (1867; repr., London : Penguin ).

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On Money and Quarantine

A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Francesca Messineo

), Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason ( New York : Oxford University Press ). Hayek , F.A . ( 1982 ), Law, Legislation and Liberty, Vol. 2: The Mirage of Social Justice ( London : Routledge ). Latour , B. ( 1993 ), We Have

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Nadeem Malik

their religious authority to get loyalists to lay siege to the capital, for example, forcing the state to change policies they disagree with. Secular-minded individuals arguing for a scientific solution to the problem were enormously worried. Doctors

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Pandemic Passages

An Anthropological Account of Life and Liminality during COVID-19

Genevieve Bell

. On the 25 May, I drive to Sydney. It is my first time out of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) since March. I check into a hotel; the desk clerk tells me there are only three other guests – essential workers. The payment system does not work; it

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Michael Herzfeld

impoverished Thai farmers to follow physically dangerous and politically charged professions in the national capital, that freedom is still linked to the ability to earn money to support the care of elderly parents and deprived siblings back home ( Sopranzetti

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Lockdown and the Global Disruption of Intimacies with Routine, Clock Time, and the Intensification of Time-Space Compression

Rebecca Irons

rather humorous occasion, I had returned to the village on the last available transport coming from the region's capital to find myself loudly admonished for ‘being out so late’ by a group of men who were loitering in the main square. I scurried back to