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Sports Diplomacy and Emergent Nationalism

Football Links between the Two Yemens, 1970-1990

Thomas B. Stevenson and Abdul Karim Alaug

In the 1970s and 1980s, North and South Yemen appeared to be two states pursuing opposing, sometimes hostile, economic and political policies. Then, in 1990, they suddenly united. This article analyses sport diplomacy as an instrument in opening institutional contacts between the two governments and as a venue for conveying important socio-political and historical messages. Cross-border football contests reinforced the largely invented notion of a single Yemen derived from pre-Islamic kingdoms. This idea remains a foundation of Yemeni nationalism and a base of Yemeni national identity.

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Captured by Texts

Travel Tales of Captivity in Rabbinic Literature

Joshua Levinson

broken and the anonymous captive identified as a potential sage. If the Palestinian version is a narrative about the re-unification of place and identity disrupted by exile and captivity, then the Babylonian version is a tale of scholastic identity

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"Veteran care"

Shifting provision, needs, and meanings of enterprise-centered pensioner care in eastern Germany

Tatjana Thelen

This article examines the ways in which different actors in eastern Germany incorporate socialist veteran care into the new economic and organizational framework of the trade union, the housing cooperative, and the reformed state enterprise itself. The complexities of the different meanings of this care are linked to the rapid socioeconomic changes in eastern Germany, which have challenged both expectations of the future as well as personal identities. The analysis describes the complex shifts in the source of provision and its regulation, which go beyond simple state/nonstate or formal/informal dichotomies. With unification social security practices have lost their previous material significance for former employees, but simultaneously have gained emotional value because they help to assure biographical continuity. These processes (re)create familiarity and community amid the profound economic restructuring after socialism.

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Faltering dialogue?

For a doubly rooted cosmopolitan anthropology

Chris Hann

Both inside and outside Europe, many societies have drawn on their own textual traditions to generate bodies of knowledge possessing some affinity to comparative socio-cultural anthropology. The premise of this article is that even where the focus is restricted to one country or one nationality, such “national ethnography“ should be considered as a legitimate branch of a broadly conceived anthropological field, rather than belittled or denigrated. Under socialism, both native and foreign researchers carried out fieldwork in similar rural locations in Hungary. A dialogue began, but it seems to have weakened in recent years, despite the fact that access to the region has become incomparably easier. Another change is that Hungarian students are now able to study socio-cultural anthropology as a seperate program in a separate faculty, distinct from Hungarian néprajz. This article is critical of such developments and takes the Hungarian example to argue for the benefits of institutional unification. The resulting department would be larger and more cosmopolitan than the old departments of néprajz, but it would retain its local roots. The integration of “national ethnography“ into research and teaching programs in anthropology would facilitate the persistence of distinctive national, regional, and institution-specific intellectual traditions; such departments could also facilitate the work of fieldworkers from abroad.

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Can a financial bubble burst if no one hears the pop?

Transparency, debt, and the control of price in the Kathmandu land market

Andrew Haxby

precedent. A history of valuation Beginning with Nepal’s unification under the Gorkha King or “Shah,” continuing through the Shah’s absolute monarchy (1768–1846) and then through the subsequent rule of the Rana prime ministers (1846–1951), Nepal has had a

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After the commons—commoning!

Don Kalb

prevent their own expulsion. Importantly, expulsion and precaritization are not in themselves politically unifying developments.” Maskovsky reconfirms that “political unification” can only happen as an achievement, but he also makes the very important

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Austrian “Gypsies” in the Italian archives

Historical ethnography on multiple border crossings at the beginning of the twentieth century

Paola Trevisan

year and surname: this was an unexpected stroke of luck for a researcher who normally must confront the invisibility of “Gypsies” in the post-unification Italian archives. The boxes in question form part of the series of the Judicial Police division and

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Roads versus Rivers

Two Systems of Spatial Structuring in Northern Russia and Their Effects on Local Inhabitants

Kirill V. Istomin

unification of Germany, German citizens systematically overestimated distances between cities situated in different parts of Germany (East or West) compared to distances of cities located in the same parts of Germany. The authors claim that this tendency was

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Stephan Feuchtwang

the hierarchy. I turn now to an example of a hierarchy and its civilization not envisaged by Dumont, namely, that which emerged with the imperial unification of civilization in China. First, I will date and describe its emergence. I will then describe

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From the “state-idea” to “politically organized subjection”

Revisiting Abrams in times of crisis in Turkey and EU-Europe

Katharina Bodirsky

political practice. It is itself the mask which prevents our seeing political practice as it is” (1988: 87). In capitalist states, Abrams noted, this masking involved in particular the presentation of the political as a “sphere of social unification” that