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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

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Civic Engagement and Governance in the Urban-Rural Fringe: Evidence from Ireland

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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Placing Time

The Diasporic Journey to Beulah

Brian Klug

roots in Jewish 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

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Relating to Place

Jenanne Ferguson

The three articles that comprise this issue of Sibirica engage with the complexities of dialogic relationships to place. What do people bring to a place? What does place catalyze for people? The authors come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds

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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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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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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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Place Making in Transit

Literary Interventions at the Airport and in the Underground

Emma Eldelin and Andreas Nyblom

the London Underground. 3 The results of art commissions, however, have rarely been critically discussed as place making actions in the sense that they contribute to shaping “the image and imageability” 4 of spaces of transit and transportation

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Visions of Queer Places

Migration and Utopia in Finnish Queer Comics

Anna Vuorinne and Ralf Kauranen

in the 2010s, H-P Lehkonen's Life Outside the Circle (2017–2018) and Edith Hammar's Homo Line (2020), focusing on their engagements with the co-dependencies of places and identities and their renegotiations of hetero- and cis-normative spatial

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On, In, and Within a Place

Six Modes of Operation in Israeli Conceptual Art and Landscape Architecture in the 1970s

Efrat Hildesheim, Tal Alon-Mozes, and Eran Neuman

-western Samaria. Ullman buried the soil dug out from each pit in the other pit, thus forging a symbolic connection between the two places. This seminal artwork, titled Exchange of Earth ( Figure 1 ), has become a landmark in Israeli conceptual art, suggesting a