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Family Dynamics and Social Practice Theories: An Investigation of Daily Practices Related to Food, Mobility, Energy Consumption, and Tourism

Françoise Bartiaux and Luis Reátegui Salmón

Based on empirical data on “green” practices according to household size, this article questions the role, if any, given to close personal relationships by social practice theories in sustaining or not daily life practices. Data are mainly drawn from an Internet survey conducted in Belgium in 2006 by WWF-Belgium on daily practices, related to food, energy consumption, mobility, and tourism. Results show that smaller households carry out more numerous “green” practices than larger ones. The concluding discussion underlines the relevance of including social interactions—namely within the household—into the conceptual framework derived from the social theories of practices, to take into account the rearticulating role of social interactions and domestic power claims when carrying out a practice or a set of practices, and when changing it.

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Marion Näser-Lather and Jutta Lauth Bacas

In the European countries next to the Mediterranean Sea, we presently observe not only the manifold effects of austerity policies but also significant political and social changes triggered by the (economic) crisis since 2008. In many of these countries, we perceive new forms of social practices of networking, leading to growing opposition and protest articulated by local communities or by social movements, which are based on common acts of solidarity, cooperation and the establishment of (close) personal relationships. Many of these forms of protest do not seem to be characterized by typical and well-known political ideologies or trade unions’ demands (cf. Žižek 2012). Instead new practices develop, such as the (re)appropriation of public space, networking, alternative ways of protesting (such as in the case of Occupy or the Indignados), and sharing, inspired by concepts of grassroots-democracy, solidarity, and anti-consumerism (see, e.g., Corredera 2012; Fernández-Savater 2012). These movements can be understood as newcomers in the political arena of many Southern European countries, since they see themselves in a distinct opposition to the established – often clientelistic – political structures of their societies

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A Very Personal Breakthrough

Interpersonal Trust and the Oslo Channel

David J. Wilcox

-Palestinian conflict due to the perception that, at a minimum, the other cannot be trusted, if not distrusted, as history has shown the other's readiness to inflict harm ( Alon and Bar-Tal 2016 : 332; Kelman 2005: 640 ). Though IPT exists in close personal

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East to West to South to North—and Back

Driving Landscapes as a Thuringian Long-Distance Trucker

Manuel Moser

values, regardless of laws and personal consequences. Trucker A comments proudly that he maintains a close personal relationship with a mafia group: He [gangster] solved some problems: The children got into trouble with my ex-wife and my children

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‘William Le Queux, Master of Misinformation’

Ailise Bulfin and Harry Wood

his fictional output. Among numerous tall stories concerning Le Queux's close personal relationships with European monarchs and socialites, the work even claimed to reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper. 7 Norman Sladen's ironically titled biography

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Collecting Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Twentieth-Century Great Britain and North America

Toby Burrows

century, establishing close personal relationships with them, playing an active role in shaping their collections, and guiding their purchases with a combination of flattery, persistence, and sheer enthusiasm for the importance of manuscripts and rare

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The Freeway Journey

Landscape and Mobility in the Southern Auto Industry

John E. Mohr

personal relationship with important auto executives, including Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-Koo and Kia Motors America CEO Ahn Byung Mo, was another major factor in Kia's selection of West Georgia. Perdue and his team went out of their way to

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Gender and Empire

The Imprisonment of Women in Eighteenth-Century Siberia

Gwyn Bourlakov

guard, Iusupova had reason to hope she would be freed from exile since a new empress was on the throne, a woman she had so many times claimed a close personal relationship with during their shared childhood in Peter the Great's court. In February 1744