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Andrew Dawson

This biographical and, in part, phenomenological anthropology of older people in post-industrial England illuminates a local and generationally specific communitarian critique of and form of resistance against the process of individualisation. Rather than presenting communitarianism conventionally as an abstract political ideology or set of ideas about locality, it is conceptualised as emerging from and being reinforced by experiences of ageing, especially bodily ageing. It these respects, the article responds positively to Tatjana Thelen and Cati Coe’s call to take the anthropology of ageing out of its current condition of relative intellectual marginality, by recognising ageing and its related care arrangements as key structuring features within societies and political organisation and by treating them as a window onto understanding broad-scale social and political processes.

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Jane H. Roberts

While Putnam's communitarian conceptualization of social capital has significantly influenced our understanding of community cohesion, the concept of social capital is highly contested. Questions have been raised about the ways in which agency and power operate in a community's sense of connectedness. Within this critique, little attention has been paid to the conceptualization of cultural identity when framed in dominant constructions of social capital. This paper contends that Bourdieu's critical perspective on social capital is better placed to examine the complex relationships between multiple, conflicting and overlapping positions of cultural identity with a sense of belonging. In addition, a Bourdieurian analysis acknowledges that the dynamic relationships of habitus, capital and field produce multiple identities associated with conflicting notions of connectedness which are contextually contingent. The paper argues that ethnography is best placed to offer a different perspective to de-contextualized data, and supports any examination of identity and belonging as best viewed within the context in which such concepts develop and are situated.

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Resisting Liberalism in Israel—the Case of Marginalized Mizrahim

Nissim Mizrachi and Menachem Mautner

: those who wish to fight for democracy and civil rights, on the one side, and those who prefer communitarian, traditionalist, and religious values, on the other—a division that highly correlates with the ongoing tension between the democratic and the

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A Call to Action

Creativity and Black Girlhood

Crystal Leigh Endsley

-feminist poetic and communitarian politic centered in Black women's and girls’ creativity” (11). In other words, we must hear, as her title suggests, because her call to action is centered on creativity and, as readers, we are interpellated into the process. From

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Sociology in the Garden

Beyond the Liberal Grammar of Contemporary Sociology

Nissim Mizrachi

a regressive turn that is no longer possible (ibid.). 16 Going beyond the liberal grammar, my attempt to provide an initial theoretical direction has benefited from ideas taken from the philosophical and communitarian literature that emerged in

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Sheikhs and the City

Urban Paths of Contention in Sidon, Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

importance of Sheiks in attracting, mobilizing, and harnessing the “Sunni street” for electoral purposes. 4 This paradox follows from sectarianism replacing communitarianism after 2011, when Prime Minister Saad Hariri was forced to step down and street

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“Avoiding the mistakes of the past”

Tower block failure discourse and economies of risk management in London's Olympic Park

Saffron Woodcraft

” between government and citizens based on an ethic of mutual responsibility. Drawing heavily on a branch of Communitarian philosophy ( Prideaux 2002 ), New Labour policies were infused with ideas about the significance of civic values, moral responsibility

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Beyond citizenship

Adivasi and Dalit political pathways in India

Nicolas Jaoul and Alpa Shah

consciousness among the Dalit masses and to promote education and progress. This politicized communitarian elite rejected the Gandhian model, which could conceive of Dalits only as beneficiaries of charity and welfare, and portrayed themselves as the true

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Boris Maslov

of fundamental importance for not only the German but also the Russian nationalist discourse, prone to denouncing the excesses of Western individualism. 61 The communitarian ideal can even be seen to underlie the Marxist notion of freedom as

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Refugia Roundtable

Imagining Refugia: Thinking Outside the Current Refugee Regime

Nicholas Van Hear, Veronique Barbelet, Christina Bennett, and Helma Lutz

cities.” 8 A second, more communitarian strand engaging with the notion of refugee cities emerges from municipal- and community-led initiatives to encourage “sanctuary cities” and to transform camps into “refugee cities.” Refugia is prefigured in the