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The Temperate Passion of Democratic Reason

The New Zealand Firefighters' Struggle against Restructuring, Downsizing, and Privatizing

Eleanor Rimoldi

Loader concludes his analysis of the trend in Britain and elsewhere toward private security systems by suggesting that “the value of other more deliberative ways of addressing the crime question and structuring the relationship between the police and the ‘publics’ they serve; ways that seek to subject ‘consumer’ demands for particular kinds of policing and security to the test of public discourse oriented to the common good, and so temper with democratic reason the passions that consumer culture threatens to unleash” (1999: 389). The privatization of public services and the undermining of professionalism have taken hold in many countries on the advice of international monetary agencies. In New Zealand, a provincial reading of new right philosophy within the close-knit circle of the New Zealand Business Roundtable generated a power lobby group that served as a conduit for free market libertarian ideas. This article traces the response to these trends as a measure of the strength of civil society and public life in Auckland City, with a specific focus on the resistance by the New Zealand firefighters to restructuring and downsizing the fire service.

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Karen M. Sykes and Felix Stein

’, ‘strength’ or ‘force’. Agricultural activity channels this strength from the natural environment, where it originally resides, into people’s houses, where it is transformed into productive entities such as food, tools, agricultural land, animals and human

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Editorial

Past and Present

Matthew P. Romaniello

more familiar than different. The strength of this journal is to publish work that appeals to a broad audience from different disciplines sharing a common project. I look forward to seeing new submissions that address this challenge in new and unique

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Pigs, Fish, and Birds

Toward Multispecies Ethnography in Melanesia

Katharina Schneider

This article reviews two strengths of Melanesian anthropology that could make a significant contribution to anthropological research on human-animal relations, specifically to multispecies ethnography. The first strength is an analytical approach to comparative research on gender developed in response to challenges from feminist theory in the 1980s; the second is a wealth of ethnographic detail on human-animal relations, much of it contained in texts not explicitly concerned with them and thus largely inaccessible to nonspecialist readers. The article sets up an analogy between the challenges faced by feminist anthropologists and those currently faced by multispecies ethnographers. It demonstrates how pursuing the analogy allows multispecies ethnographers to draw together analytically, and to reinvestigate a broad range of ethnographic resources containing details on human-animal relations, whose convergence so far remains hidden by divergent theoretical interests.

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Consistent inconsistency

New reflections on migrants, the state, and the contingencies of law

Georgina Ramsay

within the gap between policy and implementation, and in this they certainly succeed. The key strength of this volume truly lies in the scope and depth of ethnographic data. As cases throughout the volume are pondered by migration law officials and

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Joseph Bristley and Elizabeth Turk

-offered therapy becomes a robust theoretical strength of his ethnography; a focus on a state-owned centre illuminates how scant resources, federal policy requirements, inspections and over-burdened psychologists sometimes led to (what Matza describes as) pre

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Casey High

’s strengths is in drawing convincing comparisons between distant places and the innovations of seemingly hybrid images in messianic objects used by nineteenth-century Apache prophets. What perhaps remains to be established is how this alternative to our own

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Engaged anthropology in the time of late liberalism

Activists, anthropologists, and the state in India

Moyukh Chatterjee

, both ethnographies build on anthropology’s strength to document how people live with and adapt such forms of government to produce a range of outcomes. Townsend shows that ethnology can be both a way for the Indian state to manage its diversity

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‘Money on the Street’ as a Hoard

How Informal Moneylenders Remain Unbanked

Martin Fotta

inherited and added to his wealth. Furthermore, everybody related these sums to the men’s ‘strength’, an attribute of their social personhood that became materialized in the emergency cash Jair amassed to save Vaqueiro and which thus objectified the former

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Afterword

For a New Materialist Analytics of Time

Laura Bear

et al. 2009 ). Anthropology has explored exactly how time maps, symbolizing techniques and sociality orient humans in time ( Cole 2006 ). All of the articles here illustrate these strengths. In particular, they follow how various technologies of