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Placing Wellbeing

Anthropological Perspectives on Wellbeing and Place

Emilia Ferraro and Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti

-American practices and discourses that can be universalised, with little attention to the constitutive interactions between well-being, place and culture. In this thematic issue we contend that an undermining of place has produced a lack of appreciation for the role

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Placing Time

The Diasporic Journey to Beulah

Brian Klug

tradition, has been largely eclipsed in the Jewish imagination today by the second. In this article I set out to revive it, giving time its place in the Jewish scheme of things. 2 My point of departure is an enigmatic remark by Israeli author David Grossman

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Marie Mahon, Frances Fahy, Micheál Ó Cinnéide, and Brenda Gallagher

The urban-rural fringe in Ireland harbors diverse and often competing visions of place that unfold against a backdrop of rapid physical and socio-economic change. The desire to develop and articulate a shared sense of belonging rooted in place might be reasonably expected to lead to community-level expression through diverse local organizations. These in turn become embedded in wider institutionalized systems of governance. The importance of place vision, and the extent of civic engagement to create and protect such a vision, is the focus of this article. The ongoing and predominantly developer-led transformation of fringe locations has coincided with a shift from government to governance (particularly at local level) and associated changes in power relationships among various stakeholders. This article investigates the extent to which residents of fringe locations perceive themselves as part of local governance processes and explores the implications of such perceptions for citizenship and local democracy.

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Staying out of Place

The Being and Becoming of Burundian Refugees in the Camp and the City

Simon Turner

have made a choice and are seeking a future outside the camp. However, the future that they are seeking is also elsewhere, as Nairobi for them is also a non-place between the past and the future, where they do not want to put down roots but are

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Places of Otherness

Comparing Eastleigh, Nairobi, and Xiaobei, Guangzhou, as Sites of South-South Migration

Neil Carrier and Gordon Mathews

-income (“developing”) countries, especially places like Hong Kong and Dubai, and they also connect strongly to cities in the “North” too: understanding such mobility as purely a “South-South” phenomenon is bound to be restrictive and inaccurate ( Bakewell 2009 ). Yet

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The Blank Spot on the Map

William Least Heat-Moon and Bioregionalism

Shellie Banga

William Least Heat-Moon is a contemporary American writer well known for his first best-seller, Blue Highways (1982), and for his numerous subsequent contributions to road narratives. His second book, however, departs from this model by producing a “deep map” of a single Kansas county. Drawing upon recent ecocriticism, I argue that although Heat-Moon is often classified as a local color journalist, PrairyErth (a deep map) (1991) suggests why he is also an unlikely bioregionalist who unsettles wasteful approaches to governing local ecosystems. With a painterly habit of focusing on absence, Heat-Moon uses negative space and what he calls “skewed vision” to reveal place indirectly. By understanding that these techniques are metonymic, we also understand something about bioregionalism and travel writing in general: these genres not only register absences and symbolic substitutions, but teach us about the intimacy and interdependence of a modern life in which isolation is a fiction.

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Humor, Amnesia, and Making Place

Constitutive Acts of the Subject in Gezi Park, Istanbul

Christopher Houston and Banu Senay

. It is, in brief, a new knowledge of reality as much as it is an act of forgetting the past. We conclude by sketching out a phenomenology-inflected model of the constitution of subjects that demonstrates the importance both of place-making and of

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Finding a Place to Sit

How Qatari Women Combine Cultural and Kinship Capital in the Home Majlis

Rehenuma Asmi

good doing it? The above conversation took place at Johara’s family home in Doha, the capitol of Qatar, at a weekly gathering that she organised for her female friends and family members, who represented diverse nationalities and educational backgrounds

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Participatory Democracy in Unlikely Places

What Democratic Theorists Can Learn from Democratic Professionals

Selen A. Ercan’s and Albert W. Dzur

institution to citizen agency. It’s exhausting. It takes a lot out of people. So the question of democratic professional sustainability has become a pressing topic: What do you do when you burn out? How do you ensure that what you put into place will persist

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Trading places

Post-socialist container markets and the city

Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja

This article discusses a vast, new and semi-legal marketplace of shipping containers on the outskirts of Odessa, Ukraine. It is suggested that such markets, which have sprung up at several places in post-socialist space where routes intersect, have certain features in common with mediaeval trade fairs. However, today's markets have their own specificities in relation to state and legal regimes, migration, and the cities to which they are semi-attached. The article analyzes the Seventh Kilometer Market (Sed'moi) near Odessa as a particular socio-mythical space. It affords it own kind of protection and opportunities to traders, but these structures may be unstable in a changing economic climate.