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Legal aid amid bureaucracy

Amanda J. Reinke and Nicole Bevilacqua

Bureaucracy in the wake of natural hazard impacts and the associated social, economic and political crises which create disasters in the everyday lives of survivors have been the subject of extensive study elsewhere ( Eldridge 2018 ; Kettl 2006

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For the Environment, Against Bureaucracy

Soft Values and the Work of Synchronization in Finnish Political Debate during the 1980s

Martin Pettersson

bureaucracy of the patronizing state machinery. I have found the first instances of these novel temporal attributes of softness in the 1960s. For instance, in December 1967, MP Arne Berner of the Liberal People's Party (LKP), criticized the government

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Negotiating the Imagined Geography of Europeanness in Polish State Bureaucracies

Alexandra Schwell

This article explores how the fluctuating cartography of East and West and the varying degrees of perceptive Europeanness influence everyday practices of the people working in Polish state bureaucracies, who professionally advance European integration within a national framework. While an important part of their self-image is formed through the dissociation from cultural 'Eastness' and the backwardness they ascribe to fellow citizens, they still experience negative stereotyping and mistrust from the part of the EU-15 'Westerners'. Consequently, East-Central European state officials oscillate on the continuum between cultural 'East' and 'West' and constantly negotiate distance, relatedness and thus their own liminal position. By scrutinising how Polish state officials aim at positioning themselves on the mental map of Europe, this article shows that they attempt to escape the cultural pattern of negative stereotyping and mistrust by using a functionalist narrative of efficiency. This is a rhetorical strategy employed to cope with existing asymmetries.

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School bureaucracy, ethnography and culture

Conceptual obstacles to doing ethnography in schools

Ángel Díaz de Rada

The object of this essay is to offer a reflection on the obstacles that block the ethnographic intent when we try to do ethnography in school institutions. These obstacles are presented conceptually with reference to three main axes that shape school as a bureaucratic reality: school as a hypertrophied medium of individualistic codifying, school as a universalist and instrumentalist device, and school as a device to restrict the cultural field. These ideas are illustrated by means of some empirical examples, the majority of which come from an ongoing investigation in Guovdageaidnu, in northern Norway.

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Administrative guidelines as a source of immigration law?

Ethnographic perspectives on law at work and in the making

Larissa Vetters

legal pluralism, state actors and their interactions with citizens have received ample attention in the expanding subfield of the anthropology of bureaucracy and the state. 3 Here, theoretical and methodological approaches to studying state

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Nonrecording the “European refugee crisis” in Greece

Navigating through irregular bureaucracy

Katerina Rozakou

what one police officer named “irregular” bureaucracies: nonrecording practices and modes of dealing with irregular migration in improvised ways. In a setting of “cultural intimacy” ( Herzfeld 1997 ), police officers confided in me as a fellow Greek

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Anthropology, bureaucracy and paperwork

Thomas Bierschenk

For a long time, anthropologists shied away from the study of bureaucracy. In fact, the ethnographic study of bureaucracy was largely initiated outside anthropology, that is, in political science, with Michael Lipsky's (1980) seminal study on

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Migrant Residents in Search of Residences

Locating Structural Violence at the Interstices of Bureaucracies

Megan Sheehan

bureaucracy—at entry, in visa processing, through labor regulations, in accessing housing, and through services like education and health care. The Chilean government has invested heavily in crafting itself as open, welcoming, and multicultural. 1 However

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Ethnographic Engagement with Bureaucratic Violence

Erin R. Eldridge and Amanda J. Reinke

Defying commonly held perceptions, anthropological studies have revealed that bureaucracies are not simply mundane, stagnant administrative structures. They are, as Anya Bernstein and Elizabeth Mertz argue, interactive sociocultural worlds where

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Novices in bureaucratic regimes

Learning to be a claimant in the United Kingdom

Michelle Obeid

bureaucracy say about the British: The British are straight ( dughry) ! [The official] may feel for you, and there is a lot of respect, but the rules stay the same. You want to live in their country, you have to play by their rules. But I feel like a