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Policy coherence for development and migration

Analyzing US and EU policies through the lens of normative transformation

Harlan Koff

), nation-states and regions generally address migration as a security threat reinforcing state-focused strategies. This article addresses the migration–security– development nexus through the lens of policy coherence for development (PCD). PCD is a policy

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On Visual Coherence and Visual Excess

Writing, Diagrams, and Anthropological Form

Matei Candea

This article reflects on the power and dangers of diagrams as a mode of anthropological exposition, comparing this particular form of non-text to the brief dalliance of mid-century anthropology with algebraic and logical formulae. It has been claimed that diagrams, like formulae, are clearer, simpler, or less deceptive than textual argument. By contrast, this article argues that diagrams are just as slippery and tricky as words, but that images and words slip and slide in different ways. Holding both diagrams and words together when building an argument enables not only a specific kind of rigor, but also moments of unexpected theoretical invention. This technique of holding together contrasting heuristics scales up as a productive epistemic device for anthropology more broadly.

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Patrick Keating


In this article, I offer a response to Todd Berliner's splendid book Hollywood Aesthetic. Although the book is an innovative and well-crafted contribution to the study of Hollywood cinema, I argue that it underestimates the extent to which unity and coherence contribute to the aesthetic value of a film.

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Sandra Häbel

, consequently, undermine normative policy coherence for development (NPCD). In this article, NPCD is defined as the coherent implementation of EU norms, such as human rights, gender equality, the rule of law, freedom and peace, in EU policies across all

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Gender coherence for development

The inclusion of women in peace and development

Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda

/social policies, economic development, health, and violence and public security. One of the main research themes developed in the RISC Consortium is policy coherence for development (PCD). This concept/policy tool, which has been championed by supranational

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Christianity and the City

Simmel, Space, and Urban Subjectivities

Anna Strhan

This article examines the growing scholarly interest in urban religion, situating the topic in relation to the contemporary analytical significance of cities as sites where processes of social change, such as globalization, transnationalism, and the influence of new media technologies, materialize in interrelated ways. I argue that Georg Simmel's writing on cities offers resources to draw out further the significance of “the urban” in this emerging field. I bring together Simmel's urban analysis with his approach to religion, focusing on Christianities and individuals' relations with sacred figures, and suggest this perspective opens up how forms of religious practice respond to experiences of cultural fragmentation in complex urban environments. Drawing on his analysis of individuals' engagement with the coherence of God, I explore conservative evangelicals' systems of religious intersubjectivity to show how attention to the social effects of relations with sacred figures can deepen understanding of the formation of urban religious subjectivities.

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Charming Worms

Crawling between Natures

Filippo Bertoni

Some anthropologists have argued that Euro-American culture is naturalist, anchored to the belief in a coherent, unitary universe in which natural laws operate. From a close ethnographic inspection, however, the allegedly naturalist sciences emerge as heterogeneous practices, engaging with complex and not quite coherent objects. Following one such object - an earthworm - allows me to show that the earthworm science that studies it has no univocal object, but rather one that is multiple. At the same time, scientists successfully engage in practices that seek to hold together the incoherent earthworm/s and the world/s in which it is/they are being practised. It is in this way that coherence may still be achieved. Exploring the gaps between multiple ontologies and coordinating practices allows for the emergence of a sharper, practice-attentive understanding of science and its naturalist achievements. If it is true that a single, unitary Nature is nowhere to be found, the analysis presented here shows how a transient, contingent, multiple, and - yet - still bound-together nature may result from careful coordination practices.

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Ecosystem integrity and policy coherence for development

Tools aimed at achieving balance as the basis for transformative development

Harlan Koff, Miguel Equihua Zamora, Carmen Maganda, and Octavio Pérez-Maqueo

been evolving for some time and now emerge as “conceptual attractors” inspired by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: Ecosystem Integrity and Policy Coherence for Development. The combination of these paradigms includes both metrics aimed at

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Jaap Westbroek, Harry Nijhuis, and Laurent van der Maesen

of the second law to relinquish its complexity and the information stored within it. Thanks to its dialectical coherence, both the system as a whole and its constituent parts have the potential to resist this leveling effect of the entropy

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Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda

& Cohesion begins its tenth year, it renews its commitment to these goals by focusing specifically on two important concepts in regional integration: coherence and cooperation. Policy coherence for development (PCD) is a tool that aims to address policy