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What Makes a Megaproject?

A Review of Global Hydropower Assemblages

Grant M. Gutierrez, Sarah Kelly, Joshua J. Cousins, and Christopher Sneddon

proliferation of small hydropower highlights the conceptual and political limitations of focusing on a single “project” or the size of the dam itself. In this review, we emphasize how global hydropower assemblages help us understand the significance of socio

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Diana Espírito Santo

exactly by its relationship to its ‘exteriors’, and that lenience (or lenience-as-plasticity) is built into this process as a principle of assemblage and adaptation—it is, in the end, what makes the self-system continually move itself. A large part of the

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Lorenzo Cañás Bottos

Based on fieldwork undertaken in 2004–2005, I analyze how the Irish border has been constructed, represented, challenged, and imagined by both the state and borderlanders as a means to discuss processes of constructing sovereignty. I focus on the concept of “assemblage” to integrate and highlight the tensions and contradictions between different levels of analysis: the juridical, the academic representation of the border, and the memories and practices of borderlanders. I argue that sovereignty, rather than a claim to be taken at face value by states, is the emergent property of the combination of a variety of forces, forms, and practices involved in the making of borders, and that its very enactment also produces anti-sovereign effects.

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The Mobile Itineraries of Knowledge-scapes

Mimi Sheller

This special section elucidates intersections between the historiography of mobilities and the interdisciplinary field of mobilities research. The articles highlight relationships between mobilities and stabilization, circulation and place-making, deterritorialization and reterritorialization. This response essay seeks to dispel three myths about mobility studies: (1) that it is purely about the contemporary world, rather than the historical dimensions of mobile processes; (2) that it focuses solely on material phenomenon of physical transport (i.e., of things and people) and ignores the movement of ideas, knowledge, and culture; and (3) that it is purely about “flows” and “circulation” and has little to teach us about friction, resistances, blockages, or uneven power relations. The most important intersections of the histories of mobilities and the field of mobility studies can be found in the ways in which each emphasizes power differentials, blockages, friction, and the relation between mobilities and immobilities.

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Gold Teeth, Indian Dresses, Chinese Lycra and ‘Russian’ Hair

Embodied Diplomacy and the Assemblages of Dress in Tajikistan

Diana Ibañez-Tirado

Tajikistan. In this article I examine how these types of instance concerning the assemblages of dress and bodies are important sites of diplomacy, or the processes to which I refer as ‘embodied diplomacy’. First, ‘embodied diplomacy’ refers to the

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The Algorithmics and Biopolitics of Race in Emerging Smart Border Practices and Technologies

Tamara Vukov

technopolitical mechanism that makes particular promises of a more rational, scientific, and “postracial” mode of border control. I go on to consider key theoretical approaches that help to inform my inquiry into race as a biopolitical assemblage as it is produced

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Noncitizens’ Rights

Moving beyond Migrants’ Rights

Sin Yee Koh

common status of being noncitizens. Their noncitizen status, in turn, circumscribes the assemblage of rights they may have in their host countries. 1 Moreover, both underprivileged and privileged migrants are equally subjected to systems of discretionary

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Decoupling Seascapes

An Anthropology of Marine Stock Enhancement Science in Japan

Shingo Hamada

example from my research on the practice and discourse of the herring stock enhancement program in Japan. The examination of stock enhancement as a more-than-human assemblage in the context of marine science and seascaping crosses methodological and

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Is the Kingdom of Bicycles Rising Again?

Cycling, Gender, and Class in Postsocialist China

Hilda Rømer Christensen

assemblage(s)” seems to provide a promising analytical lens for exploring the formation of the current postsocialist modernity and the new global cultures of mobility. 15 The idea of a global assemblage is convenient for examining the intertwining of social

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The Inertia of Collections

Changes against the Grain in the Rosenlew Museum of Pori, Finland

Francisco Martínez

addresses the specificity of industrial heritage and corporate collections by inviting readers to pay attention not only to what industrial artifacts mean, but also to what they do once they are a part of a museum assemblage—affecting the long-term strategic