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Made in Nigeria

Duress and Upwardly Mobile Youth in the Biography of a Young Entrepreneur in Enugu

Inge Ligtvoet

(s) of people and understand them in the context of hardship, whether this is in times of violent conflict or in long-term lingering insecurity and uncertainty. Azu’s biography serves as an analytical tool to understand the choices of young Nigerians with

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Doing Ritual While Thinking about It?

Emma Gobin

( Kapferer 2004 , 2006 ), and/or that criticism may arise in connection with forms of uncertainty induced by formal features of the ritual themselves ( Howe 2000 ). However, with rare exceptions, most authors have related such reflexive dynamics either to

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Post-Conflict Dynamics in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Identities, Nationalization, and Missing Bodies

Katerina Seraïdari

present those who have disappeared. Whereas Arjun Appadurai (1998: 920) shows in a famous article how the body can become “a site for resolving uncertainty,” Huttunen makes of the missing body a permanent locus of ambiguity that only identification and

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Navigating the Politics of Anxiety

Moral Outrage, Responsiveness, and State Accountability in Denmark

Mette-Louise Johansen

, the employees experience many challenges in relation to their expert role, and my research turned into a study of all the uncertainties and negotiations that are involved in CVE casework. The Infohouse staff work in a context that is loaded with

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"Our Future Is Already in Jeopardy"

Duress and the Palimpsest of Violence of Two CAR Student Refugees in the DRC

Maria Catherina Wilson Janssens

words, the country in March 2003. After a couple months of unrest, open violence subsided. Yet, the period from 1996 to 2003 had brought trauma and uncertainty to the country. During my research, the mutinies and their aftermath were often cited as the

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Danger, Moral Opacity, and Outrage

Fear of Jihadism and the Terrorist Threat in Southern Mali

Tone Sommerfelt

immaterialized … making uncertainty and opacity foundational aspects of the social condition” (2011: 94). Uncertainty derived from the impossibility of grasping a person’s moral makeup thus appears in all social contexts. When a sense of insecurity settles and

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Jeanne Favret-Saada’s Minimal Ontology

Belief and Disbelief of Mystical Forces, Perilous Conditions, and the Opacity of Being

Theodoros Kyriakides

cognitive, affective, and relational states of confusion, ambiguity, and ultimately death. In short, through Favret-Saada’s treatment, belief and disbelief are transformed from a state of certainty to one of uncertainty ( Severi 2007 ). I argue that the

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Understanding Experiences and Decisions in Situations of Enduring Hardship in Africa

Mirjam de Bruijn and Jonna Both

parts of the world, Vigh’s conceptual exploration still foregrounds the experience of “crisis” more than that of its chronicity. As in much contemporary work by anthropologists, the analysis centers on notions of uncertainty and unpredictability (see, e

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Shadow Soldiering

Shifting Constellations and Permeable Boundaries in “Private” Security Contracting

Maya Mynster Christensen

practices are characterized by uncertainty and obscurity (16). Extending from the work of Diphoorn, I propose that by focusing on how the very same ex-soldiers and ex-militias move between different modes and modalities of soldiering over time, we can

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Erin R. Eldridge

fatalities, but the disaster eventually displaced numerous households, impacted property values, and created a great amount of uncertainty and anxiety about the long-term effects of living with coal ash ( Button 2010 ; Eldridge 2013 ). The TVA disaster put