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Self-Fashioning and Auto-Ethnography

Samuel Baron's Description of Tonqueen (1686)

Anna Winterbottom

Samuel Baron's A Description of the Kingdom of Tonqueen (1686) contains many tropes of the European travel narrative. However, its author was no stranger to the country, but was born to a Vietnamese mother and Dutch father in mid-seventeenth-century Hanoi. Here I discuss how Baron fashioned his identity during his life to attract multiple patrons in the unstable maritime world of Southeast and East Asia. I re-read his Description as an example of “auto-ethnography,” showing how the author shaped his work to achieve certain ends. A comparison with a contemporary Chinese description of northern Vietnam reveals many similarities in tone and approach and helps situate Baron's text within the commercial and diplomatic exchanges of the region.

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Parties, Movements, Brokers

The Scottish Independence Movement

David McKeever

movement organizations broker most joint action. Brokerage is a mechanism connecting social groups, whereby an identifiable third party (the broker) negotiates cooperation. With notable exceptions, researchers have tended to view brokerage as an

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Diplomat, Landlord, Con-artist, Thief

Housing Brokers and the Mediation of Risk in Migrant Moscow

Madeleine Reeves

whom brokerage had become merely a source of income. He , after all, still worked a proper nine-to-five job, and he lived in the same apartment as those to whom he sublet mattress space. It was the very proximity between himself and those he served, he

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Capacity Building as Instrument and Empowerment

Training Health Workers for Community-Based Roles in Ghana

Harriet Boulding

unable to comply with their social mobilization mandate, they often employ various strategies in order to mediate between their roles as government workers and members of their communities. I view these strategies as brokerages of the kind proposed by

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Larissa Juip, Geuntae Park, Jill Haley, Joanna Cobley, Kristin D. Hussey, Eric J. Dorfman, and Ken Arnold

Staging Indigenous Heritage: Instrumentalisation, Brokerage, and Representation in Malaysia. Yunci Cai. New York: Routledge, 2021. Yunci Cai's Staging Indigenous Heritage pushes back against the universal concept of “culture for

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Performing compliance with development indicators

Brokerage and transnational governance in aid partnerships

Jon Harald S. Lie

Drawing on a semi‐autoethnography of a development project in northern Ethiopia, this article engages the role and power of indicators in the development sector. It both demonstrates and questions the power usually ascribed indicators when seen as an authoritative bureaucratic tool, while also showing how actors – and I was one of them – at various levels of the aid chain merely perform compliance with the indicators as a way to manage new and externally imposed demands. As the indicators ‘travel’ from the top, through the aid chain’s multiple nodes, to the level of beneficiaries, they convey policy priorities top‐down, but are seemingly complied with bottom‐up, demonstrating both their formative power and the scope for brokerage and manipulation of externally imposed policies. Interestingly, this form of brokerage and reactivity from below are also enabled and orchestrated by the top, i.e. by the same actors who conveyed the indicators, to maintain and reproduce aid relations.

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Ecological engineering on the Sichuan frontier

Socialism as development policy, local practice, and contested ideology1

John Flower

China's Western Development Policy redefines the Sichuan frontier as backward economic hinterland, and as ecological buffer zone for the coast. State planners see the ‘farmland to forest’ plan and hydropower development as achieving socialist modernisation through ecological engineering. Local people like the reforestation plan that maintains subsistence on the land, but they protest land expropriation that accompanies dam construction. In negotiating the terms of this new national integration, protesters draw on both historical memory and a new discourse of human rights and the rule of law to assert ‘popular socialism’ against state brokerage of the commons under market socialism.

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Brian Callan and Giovanni A. Travaglino

McKeever from the University of Glasgow. This article examines the concept of “brokerage,” which creates opportunities for minor groups to play a crucial role in mobilization. Taking the case of the Scottish independence movement, McKeever shows how under

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Larisa Carranza

argues that many of these immigration brokers are migrants themselves, or have a migrant background, and use the brokerage opportunity to refashion their social and economic status that immigration policies otherwise restrict through perpetual legal

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Violence, Social Movements, and Black Freedom Struggles

Ten Theses toward a Research Agenda for Scholars of Contention Today

AK Thompson

enter into a relationship of brokerage and negotiate terms with the French. Similarly, W. E. B. Du Bois's (1992) analysis of the general strike during the Civil War—which included the reallocation of formerly enslaved labor to the Union side and served