In this article I examine the negotiations of national and sexual belonging of a Romanian gay sex worker in Berlin in the contemporary geosexual context defined by binarism between ‘modern’, ‘liberal’ and ‘tolerant’ Western Europe and its ‘traditionalist’ and ‘homophobic’ East European Other. I analyse how, by means of an overt display of his own homosexuality, the sex worker symbolically distances himself from his native country. By extension, this reinforces the image of the East and its inhabitants as inherently homophobic and, therefore, backwards. The article is based on ethnographic research in the drop-in centre for male sex workers in Berlin, an environment that reveals how deeply contemporary geosexual differences are anchored in the cultural logic of everyday life.
Producing East European Geosexual Backwardness in the Drop-In Centre for Male Sex Workers in Berlin
Osnat Roth-Cohen and Yehiel Limor
-Dayan headed the department for 30 years, instilling in students the knowledge and graphic concepts he had acquired in his own studies in Germany. 9 The work of native German and Western European graphic designers stood out even more with the establishment of
An Israeli Case Study
This article deals with midlife heterosexual Israeli-Jewish women in living-apart-together (LAT) partnerships after a previous marriage. The main issue that this research seeks to explore is how Israeli women experience these living arrangements. The most prominent justification for this type of partnership is the need for autonomy. The drive to achieve autonomy and the ambivalence expressed toward independence and intimacy are examined in three areas of identity formation: personal, partnership, and familial. In comparison to LAT partnerships in Western Europe, in which decisions are more likely to be made without taking the future into account, most partners in Israel negotiate possible changes in their living arrangements. In familial Israel, LAT partners also involve the extended family in the relationship. As a result, in Israel, LAT partnerships engender more ambivalence toward autonomy and interdependence than in other Western countries.
Investigating European Cultures, Bridging Disciplines
Gabriela Kiliánová and Tatiana Podolinská
The Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, initiated by German scholar Ina-Maria Greverus together with Christian Giordano in 1990, played a central role in the fundamental changes that the hitherto more or less nationally confined European ethnologies have undergone since then. The journal mediated the intensifying exchange between eastern and western Europe, while its attempt to cross boundaries in particular between an anthropology of Europe and European ethnology remains key.
Tatiana Argounova-Low, Oxana Zemtsova, and Anna Bara
-0-19-934341-6. Empire of Extinction , which at first glance seems to be all about environmental history, definitely offers much deeper insights into Russian imperial and colonial history, not only of Russia, but of Western Europe in general. The loss of a “strange beast
the politics of citizenship largely focuses on the developed liberal democracies of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, and it generally describes a fairly broad structure of opportunities for expanding immigrants’ access to citizenship
Anna Bara and Sveta Yamin-Pasternak
-socialist Eastern European countries, with comparisons drawn from the Imperial and Soviet periods of Russian history as well as various parts of Western Europe. The volume opens with a foreword by Patrick Lally Michelson, presenting an overview of the
Resisting Liberalism in Israel—the Case of Marginalized Mizrahim
Nissim Mizrachi and Menachem Mautner
democracies, open to global migration in post–Cold War Western Europe, have allowed the challenge to internal social and political order to become pressing and even acute, in some cases. The question of how to accommodate new ethnic and religious groups that
How Israeli Economists Almost Changed the Israeli Economy
Israeli exports was sent to Western Europe (see fig. 3 ), and especially to the six countries that then formed the European Common Market, this new development posed a potential risk to Israeli exports. In response, Israel was pursuing the grant of a
The Myth of a Long ‘Special Relationship’
Kilic Bugra Kanat
had developed a serious crisis of trust between Turkey and the Western European countries. Although Turkey had joined the Allies in the final days of the war, this was considered belated by the Western countries. Turkey’s recognition of Israel can be