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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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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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Money and the Morality of Commensuration

Currencies of Poverty in Post-Soviet Cuba

Martin Holbraad

quantification, I have sought to locate, in the act of commensuration, the quantitative conditions for nevertheless irreducibly qualitative operations of people’s moral judgment—indeed, when it comes to poverty, their existential discomfiture. One may wonder

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The emergence of the global debt society

Governmentality and profit extraction through fabricated abundance and imposed scarcity in Peru and Spain

Ismael Vaccaro, Eric Hirsch, and Irene Sabaté

, placing it in his moral judgment as both aesthetically foreign and as symbols of a precariously fabricated abundance. Colca's new cement block homes show a remarkable resemblance to the structures at the center of Spain's mortgage crisis. Credit and debt

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Introduction

Overcoming the Quantity-Quality Divide in Economic Anthropology

Sandy Ross, Mario Schmidt, and Ville Koskinen

. Petersburg struggle to domesticate the ruble’s seemingly large quantities through qualitative means, turning quantities into evidence that justifies or legitimates fears or moral judgments about Russian culture and society. The symbolic potential of money

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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

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So What Is the Anthropology of Buddhism About?

David N. Gellner

Buddhists themselves. Moral judgments were not invented or imposed on Buddhism by colonialism. Evaluation is necessarily implied by the fact that Buddhism, from the outset, has always been deeply moral. It is and has always been an exemplary path and

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Introduction

The Generative Power of Political Emotions

Mette-Louise Johansen, Therese Sandrup, and Nerina Weiss

of right and wrong and not least to moral judgment. It may therefore also be understood as a “higher order” or evaluative emotion, which requires a greater degree of evaluation processing ( Solomon 1984 , Reed 2004 ). In this way, the notion