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Examining the Dynamics of Energy Demand through a Biographical Lens

Catherine Butler, Karen Anne Parkhill, Fiona Shirani, Karen Henwood, and Nick Pidgeon

It is widely recognized that a major challenge in low carbon transitioning is the reduction of energy consumption. This implies a significant level of transformation in our ways of living, meaning the challenge is one that runs deep into the fabric of our personal lives. In this article we combine biographical research approaches with concepts from Bourdieu's practice theory to develop understanding of processes of change that embed particular patterns of energy consumption. Through an analysis of “case biographies” we show the value of biographical methods for understanding the dynamics of energy demand.

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Alber, Erdmute and Heike Drotbohm (eds.) 2015. Anthropological perspectives on care: work, kinship, and the life course Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 256 pp. Hb.: $105.00. ISBN: 9781137513434.

Andrea García González

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My Home is My Castle/My Home is My Prison

The Relational Co-Constitution of Age and Home in the Transition from Work to Retirement

Anna Wanka

, every individual life-course transition is entangled in, initiates and is shaped by changes in and of the home. Consequently, I suggest a ‘doing’ approach to transitions, which focuses on socio-material practices and thus offers a prominent place in

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Narratives of Ageing and Materiality

The Experience of Home in Older People's Residential Care

Melanie Lovatt

and becoming at home – were shaped by the embodied and socio-material interactions they experienced throughout their lives and after moving into the residential home. I adapt the concept of the embodied life course ( Marshall and Katz 2012 ) to argue

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“You Can't Even Predict the Rain Anymore”

A Case Study on the Importance of Environmental Factors in the Migration Biographies of Moroccan Immigrants in Belgium

Loubna Ou-Salah, Lore Van Praag, and Gert Verschraegen

resonates with the premises of “relational sociology” ( Dépelteau 2018 ) and further builds on a broad literature about migration and life course transitions ( Courgeau 2014 ; Bernard et al. 2014 ). More specifically, this article introduces a life stage

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The Post-Deportation Desperation and Refunneling of Aspirations of the Mexicans Deported from the United States

Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna

anchors in their hometowns, often at an older age than their Mexican peers, but the resynchronization raises their credibility as community members and diminishes their perception as strangers. The adoption of a life-course approach 48 helps us understand

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Growing Up with Smartphones

How Stay-behind Filipino and Indonesian Children Exercise Agency in Transnational Families

Kristel Acedera, Bittiandra Chand Somaiah, and Brenda S. A. Yeoh

how children plot their different life trajectories and aspirations. Drawing on longitudinal research with young adult children, we aim to understand the online and offline transformations in children's agency over their adolescence life course in

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Vulnerable homes on the move

An introduction

Sara Bonfanti, Shuhua Chen, and Aurora Massa

people make sense of themselves, their relations, and the world they inhabit. Re-embodying migration studies also means taking into consideration how ways of moving change along one's life course ( Brettell 2014 ) and to what extent different migrant

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Support for a Populist Government in Poland

A Few Notes about Its Economic and Cultural Divides

Michał Gulczyński

than man finishing tertiary studies every year, men are significantly less educated, which will certainly have a durable impact on their life course and political behavior. The gender divide both between parties and between voters may also be

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A new morning?

Reoccupying home in the aftermath of violence in Sri Lanka

Sharika Thiranagama

Charting the life course of Malathi, a young Sri Lankan Tamil woman, this article attempts to discuss the ways in which people and places in Sri Lanka are remade through experiences of violence. The article suggests moving away from a notion of 'home' as fixed on one place; instead, it considers the movement of people between different places. Further, it suggests that senses of home are also embedded within uneasy, constantly negotiated relationships with those people with whom we feel at home. Moreover, the article argues that ideas about 'the future' as equally as 'the past' inform the possibility of being at home.