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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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Plans, Changes, Improvisations

Navigating Research on the Fertility Quests of Mozambican Women and Men

Inês Faria

This article addresses the challenges and reflections of a junior anthropologist while developing research on the delicate topic of reproductive health and infertility in Maputo, Mozambique. Based on participant observation notes, entries in fieldwork diaries, and interviews, and assuming the character of a reflexive ethnographic account, the article concerns personal and research challenges and opportunities experienced during the preparation and development of a research project and a PhD thesis. While reflecting more broadly on processes of knowledge production, history and colonial relations, and on the writing of a scientific account, it provides insights into the pragmatics of research in medical anthropology by detailing the everyday life of doing ethnography, including networking, bureaucratic processes, boredom, the exploration of new fieldwork landscapes, and positionality dilemmas.

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Stephen Prince

virtues of boredom in cinema; that is, on how the use of long takes and dedramatization can create “dead space” that elicits a contemplative stance from viewers. In its most popular modes, cinema is commonly understood as an antidote for boredom. Drawing

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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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Anthropological criminology 2.0

David Sausdal and Henrik Vigh

criminology and sociology on the matter), Fassin's most “‘spectacular discovery’ was the inaction characterizing police work in these disadvantaged neighbourhoods and the profound boredom exuded by the long hours of roaming through the city”—a boredom which

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Impatient Accumulation, Immediate Consumption

Problems with Money and Hope in Central Kenya

Peter Lockwood

say, is the “friend of conversation,” a substance that facilitates a more hopeful orientation to a future yet to come. In this regard, the concept of hope overlaps with an ethnographic emphasis on ‘boredom’ experienced by the unemployed, a situation

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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