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Viral Intimacy and Catholic Nationalist Political Economy

Covid-19 and the Community Response in Rural Ireland

David Whyte

Response have more-than-neoliberal histories and are still shaped by their genesis as Catholic organisations in revolutionary early-twentieth-century Ireland. I argue that rather than signifying a radical shift in a recent Irish political economy, the COVID

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Ethnographic witnessing

Or, hope is the first anthropological emotion

Carole McGranahan

part of my life shifted, one aspect remained constant: the emails continued. Each week, and sometimes more than once, I received a request to serve as an expert witness in US political asylum cases for Nepali and Tibetan applicants. This is work I

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‘No Virus Is Stronger than Our Unity’

Shifting Forms of Governmental Intimacies during COVID-19

Senem Kaptan

virus. Having previously asked for the people's assistance in managing a public and political crisis as well through text messages sent to 68 million mobile phones in the aftermath of the 2016 coup attempt ( Mortimer 2016 ), Erdoğan in this instance

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Islamic Biopolitics during Pandemics in Russia

Intertextuality of Religious, Medical and Political Discourses

Sofya A. Ragozina

control. Religious discourse had to adapt in order to explain the pandemic. In this article I consider the ‘translation’ of medical and political discourses into the language of Islam in Russia during the spread of COVID-19. I analyse speeches, fatwas

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Protesting in Pandemic Times

COVID-19, Public Health, and Black Lives Matter

Binoy Kampmark

public health experiment. International travel was curtailed; stay-home orders against nonessential movement were imposed. Physical distancing measures and restrictions on social, political, and public gatherings were implemented. The introduction of

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

's violent potentiality. COVID-19 has made very clear to the authors included in this special issue this vulnerability, how touch has the potential to animate both harm and care, and, equally, how a politics and a now everyday praxis of untouchability makes

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

modern sewerage systems. In what follows, I draw on ethnographic research, conducted discontinuously over five years (2015–2019), around municipal solid waste management (MSWM), and the political ecology of informal plastic recycling in the city of

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On Money and Quarantine

A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Francesca Messineo

) a time for self-reflection which led many of us to feel a renewed urgency to be part of a collective organism that is culturally inclusive and politically incisive. Coming together is a necessary condition to stimulate a – very-much-needed – process

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A politicized ecology of resilience

Redistributive land reform and distributive justice in the COVID-19 pandemic

Jonathan DeVore

Brazil has endured multiple political, economic, and environmental crises—and now the COVID-19 pandemic—which have drawn social inequalities into razor sharp relief. This contribution analyzes the resilience of rural families facing these crises in southern Bahia. These families have benefited from various redistributive policies over the years, including redistributive land reforms (RLRs), conditional cash transfers (CCTs), and recent emergency aid (EA) payments related to the pandemic. Each (re)distributive approach involves different notions of distributive justice informed by competing background theories of “the good,” which hold implications for concepts of resilience. Drawing on long-term research with RLR communities in Bahia, this article considers the gains achieved by different redistributive programs. Families who acquired land through RLR projects appear more resilient, especially in the face of crisis.

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Legal regimes under pandemic conditions: A comparative anthropology

Geoffrey Hughes

encompassing later ‘squatter settlement standardization’ initiatives aimed at ‘“straightening out the lines”, “widening the roads”, and “organizing things”’ ( Hughes 2016: 1102 ). Reflecting a long-running politics of bread (Martínez 2016), authorities next