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Visceral non-presence

Ethnography in the age of COVID

Jessica Brinkworth, Korinta Maldonado, Ellen Moodie, and Gilberto Rosas

. Management admitted it was ‘complex’ to track employees being tested and to follow up with those who had to be quarantined. That's when they contacted the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They then announced confidently to the local press: We

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Legal regimes under pandemic conditions: A comparative anthropology

Geoffrey Hughes

point of comparison, my Jordanian friends and interlocutors inform me that the Kingdom initially followed what they termed the ‘Chinese model’, but with many distinctively Jordanian characteristics. In implementing quarantine measures, authorities first

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Temperature and Capital

Measuring the Future with Quantified Heat

Scott W. Schwartz

assertion that the capitalization process “transformed reality from an experience into an output,” I offer the example of quarantine. As a response to the recurring waves of plague that swept Europe after 1348, quarantine is a system that defers the reality

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The correct secret

Discretion and hypertransparency in Chinese biosecurity

Katherine A. Mason

quarantine. The plague, it would seem, was upon us. And yet the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic ended up coming, and going, without nearly so much destruction as would be implied by these alarming measures. Cases of H1N1 eventually trickled into Tianmai, but the

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

-workers, private recycling businesses, NGOs and the residents of the city. Now working under quarantine conditions in the United Kingdom, my ethnography has been extended and (re)informed by online research and a series of recent telephonic conversations as I have

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Enwinding Social Theory

Wind and Weather in Zulu Zionist Sensorial Experiences

Rune Flikke

the early Victorian practice of quarantines, which perceived diseases as an aspect of place ( Flikke 2016 ). As such, quarantines were a way to keep healthy and diseased places apart ( Armstrong 1993: 394–395 ). In the above ethnographic material, the

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Shelling from the ivory tower

Project Camelot and the post–World War II operationalization of social science

Philip Y. Kao

modernity … This required understanding the cultural values of others: what made them what they were” ( Hobart 1996: 1 ). Culture was therefore something to be celebrated and quarantined, and something to transcend. Development played a subtle and ironic

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The triple-sidedness of “I can't breathe”

The COVID-19 pandemic, enslavement, and agro-industrial capitalism

Don Nonini

been in contact with, and quarantining them largely a non-starter prophylactically since “the bug … has long left the barn, quite literally.” A vaccine will be a long way from being widely available anytime soon—optimistically sometime in mid

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Carceral Repair

Methane Extraction in Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Kristin Doughty

clear sites of caging ranging from prisons to detention camps, forcible rehabilitation centres or infectious disease quarantine centres ( Gomez-Temesio 2018 ; Jefferson et al. 2019 ; O'Neill 2018 ), and analyses of surveillance directly linked to

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Joshua Mullenite

's largest cities. My own experience, emerging from quarantine largely to join my neighbors in the streets, has shown the violence of the situation, as peaceful protestors have been met with pepper spray, tear gas, batons, and mass arrests (see Pereira and