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Psychogeography’s Legacy in From Hell and Watchmen

Alex Link

Alan Moore’s œuvre, and the primary focus of discussions of psychogeography in his comics. 2 It presents a fantastic conspiracy in which Royal Physician-in-Extraordinary William Withey Gull becomes Jack the Ripper, working at the behest of Queen

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Futures on Dry Ground

Anthropology and Coastal Planning

Theodore Hilton and Sheehan Moore

, an analytic re-centering of the complexities of place elided by the dominant “material and symbolic politics of global environmental change” ( Moore 2019: 143 ). Along the lower Mississippi River, the history of coastal zone flood control has long

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Flood and Fire

Reorganizing Lives around Extreme Conditions

Jerry K. Jacka and Amelia Moore

arguing for “financial” sea walls to protect their property values. Theodore Hilton and Sheehan Moore's “Futures on Dry Ground” explores the uneven politics of levees in Louisiana and the role of oil and gas capitalism in shaping these new and potentially

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Extralegal Agency and the Search for Safety in Northeast Brazil

Moving beyond Carceral Logics

Hollis Moore


This article – based on fieldwork conducted in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil – examines how those people most affected by carceral expansion pursue safety in an everyday marked by existential threat. Through a focus on a neglected sector of this population, namely adult women, I show how carceral encounters specifically – and informal, illegal and not-yet-(il)legal exchanges more generally – intersect with familial logics and imperatives to engender a capacity for action that I call ‘extralegal agency’. Extralegal agency is central to a practice of safety that represents an alternative to the dominant model of carceral security. An extralegal agency approach to analysing interconnected prison/urban fields, which decentres masculinized criminal organizations and resists romanticizing the rule of law, enables a disruption of dominant discourses of and about the carceral state.

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The Anthropocene

A Critical Exploration

Amelia Moore

The Anthropocene is everywhere in academia. There are Anthropocene journals, Anthropocene courses, Anthropocene conferences, Anthropocene panels, Anthropocene podcasts, and more. It is very safe to say that the Anthropocene is having a moment. But is this just a case of fifteen minutes of fame, name recognition, and bandwagon style publishing? The authors in this issue of ARES think not, and we would like to help lend a critical sensibility to the anthropological consideration of the concept and its dissemination.

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Climate Changing Small Islands

Considering Social Science and the Production of Island Vulnerability and Opportunity

Amelia Moore

This article argues that climate change has influenced the way in which small island nations are viewed and understood by the international climate community. Climate change has become an internationally recognized and specific language of vulnerability that is deployed in requests for international aid to fund adaptation and mitigation measures in some small islands, for population relocation plans and human rights advocacy in other islands, and for overhauling the 'tourism product' and creating new markets for travel in others. Vulnerability is a powerful idiom, especially in the contemporary climate context that has come to imply crisis, change, uncertainty, and immediacy. Importantly, vulnerability also gestures unambiguously toward seemingly limitless scientific and even commercial opportunity. These developments come with new forms of expertise in the natural and social sciences and the travel industry, as well as with new or reinstated forms of inequity. As the areas of small island expertise increasingly overlap, they come to reproduce the very context and form of small islands themselves.

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Turkish Robbers, Lumps of Delight, and the Detritus of Empire

The East Revisited in Dickens's Late Novels

Grace Moore

It is a testament to Said’s critical legacy that today it is almost inconceivable to approach the Victorian novel without considering the representation (or lack thereof) of race and imperialism. Said’s conceptualisation of Orientalism as a dynamic exchange between authors and their broader political context has made a new generation of readers acutely aware of the markers of Britain’s imperial progress that had hitherto been rendered invisible.

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Ambivalence, anthropology and business

A review of ethnographic research in international organisations

Fiona Moore

Despite the fact that international business (IB) studies frequently has to deal with ambivalent social phenomena, such as the construction of international strategic alliances, expatriate adjustment, and the globalisation of the service industries, ambivalence‐tolerant methodologies such as ethnography largely remain on the margins. In this paper, I review selected ethnographic literature in IB studies, employing Smelser's concept of ambivalence as a means of understanding why ethnography has been marginalised, and what a greater focus on ethnography could contribute to IB. I conclude by arguing that the establishment of a more formalised and focused anthropology of international organisations could enable IB scholars to better explore and understand the ambivalent phenomena that pervade its subject matter.

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The Pilgrimage of Passion in Sidney's Arcadia

Helen Moore

Rudel’s twelfth-century song, ‘Lanquan li jorn son lonc en may’, embodies the pain and longing of amor de lonh, or love from afar. The convention of amor de lonh, which originated in Provençal lyric poetry, stimulates the lover towards agonised introspection at the same time as impelling his thoughts outward, towards the distant object of his desire. This motif of the distant beloved means that Rudel’s lyrics express love as a desire for travel: when the defining – indeed, only – feature of the beloved is her distance, desire and the impulse to travel become compacted together. In the thirteenth-century Life of Rudel (described by one editor as ‘a narrative transformation and concretization of the dreams’ of this song [Rudel 1978: 54]) the poet falls in love with the countess of Tripoli after hearing pilgrims speak of her: in order to see her he takes up the cross of pilgrimage and sets sail (‘se croset et mes se en mar’, [ibid.: 58]). In this fictionalised biographical account, love is framed by two acts of pilgrimage, one a religious pilgrimage, which incidentally carries the stories of the countess to Rudel, and the other an amorous pilgrimage which cloaks itself as a religious journey.

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