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Enwinding Social Theory

Wind and Weather in Zulu Zionist Sensorial Experiences

Rune Flikke

a racist apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa (cf. Flikke 2006) . In order to reflect upon this, I will explore a recent approach to the ‘weather-world’ ( Ingold 2010 ), which treats human relationships to the atmosphere as species-specific. I

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Blue Sky Matter

Toward an (In-flight) Understanding of the Sensuousness of Mobilities Design

Ole B. Jensen and Phillip Vannini

body of knowledge on aff ective atmospheres. 9 With this article we aim to contribute to the development of a research agenda within mobility studies where materiality and design are explicitly put in the conceptual foreground, especially in relation to

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Dan Rabinowitz

Elinor Ostrom, joint winner (with Oliver Williamson) of the 2009 Nobel prize in economic sciences, was quickly recognized by anthropologists as an honorary member of the tribe, and as someone whose achievements are a tribute to the discipline (see Baumard 2009; Wutich and Smth 2009). A political scientist by training, Ostrom was not formally trained as an anthropologist or an ethnographer. This notwithstanding, her commitment to empirical field research and her preoccupation since the early 1970s with the role of collective action, trust, and cooperation in arrangements designed to enhance the management of common pool resources (CPRs) repeatedly directed her toward populations (indigenous groups at the margins of states) and issues (institutions designed and operated at the community level) usually associated with anthropology.

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Money Can't Buy Me Hygge

Danish Middle-Class Consumption, Egalitarianism, and the Sanctity of Inner Space

Jeppe Trolle Linnet

In this article, the style of social interaction known as hygge is analyzed as being related to cultural values that idealize the notion of 'inner space' and to other egalitarian norms of everyday life in Scandinavian societies. While commonly experienced as a pleasurable involvement in a social and spatial interior, hygge is also examined as a mode of withdrawal from alienating conditions of modernity. In spite of its egalitarian features, hygge acts as a vehicle for social control, establishes its own hierarchy of attitudes, and implies a negative stereotyping of social groups who are perceived as unable to create hygge. The idea of hygge as a trait of Scandinavian culture is developed in the course of the interpretation, and its limitations are also discussed against ethnographic evidence that comparable spatial and social dynamics unfold in other cultural contexts.

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Enemies of the people

Theorizing dispossession and mirroring conspiracy in the Republic of Georgia

Katrine Bendtsen Gotfredsen

rivals and a general atmosphere of alert suspicion, or “conspirativity” ( Verdery 2014 ), causing Soviet citizens and authorities alike to be on a constant lookout for conspiracies and unseen enemies (see also Borenstein 2014 ; Ortman and Heathershaw

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Beyond the Glittering Golden Buddha Statues

Difference and Self-transformation through Buddhist Volunteer Tourism in Thailand

Brooke Schedneck

the architecture, from the mythical creature guardians at the gated entrances to the curved roof finials shaped like flames, provide much aesthetic beauty and sensory stimulation. Some tourists take in the atmosphere and surely reconcile that they will

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Jablonka’s History

Literature and the Search for Truth

Sarah Fishman

-truth atmosphere, a certain number of people, Trump supporters in particular, no longer care whether something is true or false. They thrill “precisely to the falsehood,” which demonstrates the liar’s power to reshape reality in line with “their own fantasies of

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Liminality and Missing Persons

Encountering the Missing in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

Laura Huttunen

. They are not included in the “audience of mourners” ( Verdery 1999: 108 ) of the reburials. The political discourses, together with the solemn atmosphere, have an effect of turning the horrible deed of mass atrocity into a process of ritual of status

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Research in the Dark

Explorations into the Societal Effects of Light and Darkness

Nona Schulte-Römer

Edensor, Tim. 2017. From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination, and Gloom. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Bille, Mikkel. 2019. Homely Atmospheres and Lighting Technologies in Denmark: Living with Light. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

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Valeria V. Vasilyeva


The International Siberian Studies Conference (Sibirskiie Chteniia) is organized by the Siberian Department of Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, the renowned Kunstkamera, once every three years in Saint Petersburg. The conference this year, the tenth, was devoted to emotions, feelings and perception in the North and Siberia. This year, all sessions of the Conference took place in the main building of Russian Geographic Society (RGS), an institution with a long history of geographic and ethnographic research in Siberia, and the atmosphere created by the historical interior of RGS contributed greatly to the success of the event.