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Tomas Max Martin

Ugandan prison staff both criticize and welcome human rights as a reform agenda that brings about insecurity as well as tangible improvements. In practice, human rights discourse is malleable enough for prison officers to cobble together a take on human rights that enables them to embrace the concept. The analysis of the emic notion of “reasonable caning” illustrates this malleability as staff concurrently take stands against inhumane violence and continue to legitimize caning while aligning with human rights. Human rights are locally negotiated, and it is argued that human rights reform cannot simply be analyzed as a submissive or opposing reaction to the top-down export of powerful global discourses. The embrace of human rights that unfolds in Ugandan prisons is rather a productive and multifaceted effort by prison officers to get purchase on legal technologies and reconceptualizations of prison management practices that affect their lives.

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Terry-Ann Jones

experience in sugarcane cultivation, and later from Africa. While sugar-cane production in Brazil has historically relied on the forced migration of enslaved Africans, contemporary sugarcane harvesting relies heavily on a seasonal migrant labor force that

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Mimi Sheller and Gijs Mom

/ungenuine, camp/ city) and between motivations for moving. Terry-Ann Jones considers a very different migration context of seasonal labor migrants who work cutting cane on sugar plantations in “Migration as a Response to Internal Colonialism in Brazil.” This more

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J. Cammaert Raval

dispensed by the elder state. The cane, or rattan, was a peculiarly age-based, male form of punishment, though one the state was careful not to abuse lest it result in scandal. Again, facing the knife continued to play an important part in how African males

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Dangerous Mobilities

Mimi Sheller

, roll, or pull ourselves along with our hands, whether assisted by shoes, crutches, wheelchairs, or canes, we find ourselves in a gravitational world of hard surfaces, friction-generating surfaces, obstacles, and occasional steep inclines or drops. Even

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Kavita Mudan Finn

gestured with his cane for her to enter. ‘Detective Stanley, lovely to see you.’ ‘Mr. York.’ She nodded unsmilingly. ‘Is your brother here, by any chance?’ He waved the cane at the staircase vaguely. ‘Upstairs. One doesn’t like to intrude on alone time

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Conservation-Induced Resettlement

The Case of the Baka of Southeast Cameroon—A Variation on the Habitual Mobility–Immobility Nexus

Harrison Esam Awuh

(Fondation Camerounaise de Terre Vivant) distributed cane rats to Baka households in a village in the Lomie area in a bid to encourage them to substitute bushmeat for domesticated animals. However, during a follow-up mission to the area a few months later

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Marxian anthropology resurgent

Patrick Neveling and Luisa Steur

mills of Lancashire. In taking forward Marx’s work on the global entangledness of capitalist transformations, Mintz (1966 , 1985 , 1996 ) identified the crucial role that refined cane sugar had as a commodity that provided cheap calories for the

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Closeness and critique among Brazilian philanthropists

Navigating a critical ethnography of wealth elites

Jessica Sklair

Doce plantation. These accounts make clear that working conditions in the Brazilian sugar sector had always been precarious, especially for cane cutters. This made the sector the locus of much industrial dispute, and unions became particularly active on

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Empowering or impoverishing through credit

Small-scale producers and the Plan Chontalpa in Tabasco, Mexico

Gisela Lanzas and Matthew Whittle

the immediate necessity, but the land is neglected, its productivity declines, and the quality of the sugarcane goes down. Since the price paid for the sugarcane is tied to its quality, lower-quality cane means smaller payments to farmers and lower