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Five Thousand, 5,000, and Five Thousands

Disentangling Ruble Quantities and Qualities

Sandy Ross

should reflect economic order. What is at stake here, beyond moral judgments about Russian society, is the nature of ‘big’ and ‘small’. A menu bill for approximately 4,300 rubles can be used to index social, cultural, and economic disorder only in

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Frances Pine

The socialist states of the Soviet Bloc fell, some gently and some far more abruptly and even violently, between 1989 and 1991. In the two decades that have followed, there have been continual attempts by politicians, social scientists, and other academics, as well as by the citizens of these “former socialist countries” themselves, to come to terms with competing memories of what socialism meant, was, and might have been. Simultaneously, efforts to weigh up and assess a range of very different pasts are matched by forecasts of imagined futures that somehow continue to be driven by and predicated on this complex and kaleidoscopic remembered history. The present, the here and now, can, however, be even more complicated; in some ways it neither escapes entirely from the past nor really sets the stage for the future, but rather is a continual state of “becoming”. Just as “memory” is never a “true” reflection of a time or an event, but rather a multiple layering of recollections that change each time they are evoked, none of these complex and rather messy temporalities actually matches the “real” past, present, or future—all carry complex moral judgments, reflect moral questions, and embody the tension between what might have been, what is, and what should be.

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Belonging

Comprehending Subjectivity in Vietnam and Beyond

Tine M. Gammeltoft

strivings for family memberships, aspirations for community membership also shaped Mây’s abortion decision. The birth of a disabled child would place her and her relatives in an extremely vulnerable position, exposing them to moral judgment and ridicule. Mây

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Multiscalar moral economy

Global agribusiness, rural Zambian residents, and the distributed crowd

Tijo Salverda

interactions on the ground. Yet by casting moral judgment, even if they do not necessarily share the same moral critique in detail, they may still have an impact on economic realities in which they often do not directly partake. The Zambian case, for example

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Automobility and Oil Vulnerability

Unfairness as Critical to Energy Transitions

Ana Horta

an interpretation that is privileged over others ( Gitlin 1980 ). According to Robert Entman (2004) , frames can be understood as patterns of interpretation that define problems, diagnose causes, make moral judgments, and suggest remedies. The

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What Makes a Panther a Panther?

Genetics, Human Perceptions, and the Complexity of Species Categorization

Catherine Macdonald and Julia Wester

increased scientific literacy, particularly information about the complexity and scientific uncertainty of genetic relationships, might affect responses. Findings reflect the ongoing process by which science can be used to turn a range of ethical and moral

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Enemies of the people

Theorizing dispossession and mirroring conspiracy in the Republic of Georgia

Katrine Bendtsen Gotfredsen

interesting, however, to notice the play on form and the implicit moral judgment in Otar’s reasoning: rather than representing a significant break with the stereotypes of Soviet power and oppression, the contemporary authorities display a continuity of

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Doing bizness

Migrant smuggling and everyday life in the Maghreb

Line Richter

forms of mobility and trade it connects to. Whether we call them “smugglers,” “fixers,” “handlers,” “brokers,” or something else, there has been a desire to represent smuggling in terms of particular characters (most often imbued with moral judgments

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Introduction

Knowledge, Ignorance, and Pilgrimage

Evgenia Mesaritou, Simon Coleman, and John Eade

's (1977/1995) terms as ways of “ordering of a given multiplicity” (1977/1995: 149), of identifying and therefore distinguishing, controlling and disciplining the pilgrims by producing categories that carry with them moral judgments such as those of the

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High-rise social failures

Regulating technologies, authority, and aesthetics in the resettlement of Taipei military villages

Elisa Tamburo

, accessible with a different key. Knowledge among close neighbors once guaranteed a strong sense of security ( anquangan ). Because residents lived side by side, they knew abundantly about other households’ whereabouts, leading sometimes to gossip and moral