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Too much time

Changing conceptions of boredom, progress, and the future among young men in urban Ethiopia, 2003–2015

Daniel Mains

), caused time to expand rather than contract, producing a sensation similar to Western notions of boredom. In this article I explore the interrelationship between economic shifts, boredom, and conceptions of progress. I argue that boredom emerges

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Joyful pessimism

Marginality, disengagement, and the doing of nothing

Martin Demant Frederiksen

“If whatever we do leads to the wasteland, why not just sit tight, do nothing?” —Tom Lutz, Doing Nothing Boredom, in its widest definition, is a condition of not having anything in particular to do and of being disengaged from one’s surroundings

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The ethnographic negative

Capturing the impress of boredom and inactivity

Bruce O’Neill

“What boredom,” Dani sighed. “And every day is like this.” His friend Razvan nodded slowly in agreement, drawing deeply on his cigarette. “There’s no work. There’s no money. There’s nothing to do but sit here.” We sat atop a shallow flight of stairs

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Rethinking the class politics of boredom

Marguerite van den Berg and Bruce O’Neill

Nearly a decade after the global financial crisis of 2008, this thematic section investigates one way in which marginalization and precarization appears: boredom. Until recently, the topic of boredom has been treated more as an object of

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Stephen Prince

inferences about a character’s interior life. His findings about the location of information relevant for such moments—within or across episodes—is striking and counterintuitive. Emre Çağlayan offers a provocative take on the aesthetic virtues of boredom in

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John Ireland and Constance Mui

notion of the Anthropocene , Paul Gyllenhammer has broken new conceptual ground by applying the thought of Heidegger and Sartre to current ecological preoccupations. For Heidegger, boredom and anxiety, the dominant emotions of modernity have overwhelmed

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How to Survive the Postfeminist Impasse

Grace Helbig’s Affective Aesthetics

Catherine McDermott

) has been amassed. I am indebted to their insights, but it has become apparent that a shift in approach is required. The value of postfeminism as a critical term has come into question from scholars who declare either their “frustration … boredom and

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Julie Spray

‘rheumatic fever’. In contrast to sore throat, the children’s models placed less emphasis on symptoms, exactly what rheumatic fever is or how it might be experienced. That the most salient incarnate experience of ‘rheumatic fever’ for Cassidee was boredom

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Enemies of the people

Theorizing dispossession and mirroring conspiracy in the Republic of Georgia

Katrine Bendtsen Gotfredsen

, Martin D . 2013 . Young men, time, and boredom in the Republic of Georgia . Philadelphia : Temple University Press . Frederiksen , Martin D . 2015 . The last honest bandit: Transparency and spectres of illegality in the Republic of Georgia . In

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Que reste-t-il de nos amours?

The Expectations of 1989–1991 Revisited

Francisco Martínez

’, Critical Enquiry 26 : 49 – 69 . Forty , A. and S. Küchler ( 1999 ). The Art of Forgetting ( Oxford : Berg ). Frederiksen , M. ( 2013 ). Young Men, Time, and Boredom in the Republic of Georgia ( Philadelphia : Temple University Press