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The Mobilization of Appropriation

Comment on the Special Section on Cultural Appropriation

Carsten Schinko

“Appropriation“ is a complex term used in many different realms, and an almost ubiquitous phenomenon. Conceptually linked to questions of mobility, appropriation has both a social and physical dimension. This essay delineates the term's employment in key political and academic discourses, and interrogates its inherent logic with regard to possession, the attribution of purpose and value, and the social reciprocity of the parties involved in the act. Starting off with questions of just distribution in modern nation-states, the argument then traces appropriation in contemporary debates on copyright in a digital age, and provides a sketch of the larger political imaginary informing acts of appropriation.

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Incipient “commoning” in defense of the public?

Competing varieties of fiscal citizenship in tax- and spending-related direct democracy

Sandra Morgen and Jennifer Erickson

-of-war between market fundamentalism and liberal welfare statism ( Bollier and Helfrich 2013 ; Hall et al. 2015 ; Linebaugh 2009 ). 1 The “commons” is a way of taking seriously public or collectivist values, attachments, and identities that are—or could be

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Pascale Molinier

matter of valuing attachments and relational responsibility as conditions for a dysharmonic democracy based on the plurality of voices. Keywords: Care, Colombia, direct democracy, ecofeminism, new citizenships, Yanacona people Care , apegos y

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‘We Were Refugees and Carried a Special Burden’

Emotions, Brazilian Politics and the German Jewish Émigré Circle in São Paulo, 1933–1957

Björn Siegel

present, constitute, legitimize, and enact political views, values, attachments and even politics’, 4 states Emma Hutchison, hinting at the strong but problematic entanglement between knowledge, emotions and politics. Emotions, however, were (and still