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Confronting Tyranny in a Public Health Agency

Crafting a ‘Philosophy of Praxis’ into a ‘Community of Resistance’

Brian McKenna

identify certain truths that would have never have come to light if I had just studied public health theory or academic texts in isolation. I required a situated learning environment and a critical community of practice ( Lave 2012 ). My research

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Cristina Grasseni

In this article, skilled vision is presented as a capacity acquired in a community of practice that enables specific ways of knowing and acting in the world. The analysis of skilled vision is obtained through the ethnographic study of the artefacts and the routines that structure certain ecologies of practice. The example chosen is that of the skilled gaze of animal breeders, in particular of the children of dairy cow breeders who, by playing with relevant toys and emulating the adult world of cattle fairs and exhibitions, learn how to value certain criteria of animal beauty and to "discipline" their vision accordingly.

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Communities of Practice at the Cidade do Saber

Plural Citizenship and Social Inclusion in Brazil

Carla Guerrón Montero

-production of the mind and the world’ ( Seely Brown et al. 1988: 1–2 ). The concept ‘communities of practice’, first proposed by Lave and Wenger in 1991 , has been applied across a number of fields to facilitate connectedness among groups. Communities of

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Without fear and reproach

The role-playing games community as a challenge to mainstream culture

Tat'iana Barchunova and Natal'ia Beletskaia

The article describes one of the most developed networks of intellectual youth in post-Soviet Russia. This network originated in science-fiction clubs and the 'Zarnitsa game' of the 1960s to 1980s. Yet unlike Zarnitsa games, which have been used at Soviet schools as an instrument of political mainstreaming, the current role-playing games community is opposing itself to mainstream politics and popular culture. The article approaches this network as a community of practice, which is constituted by three basic elements: learning, doing, and justification of meaning. Both leaders and rank-and-file members of the community justify their agency within the community through the concept of rule. It is the rule-governed community, which according to them, helps them to feel secure and fearless in a society that they see as devoid of any strict regulations. The article closes with an analysis of the inner and outer conflicts of the role-playing games community.

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Carl A. Maida and Sam Beck

The community of practice is an organisational form that complements the current knowledge economy, which since the late twentieth century has accelerated with advances in information production and dissemination ( Wenger 2000 ). Communities of

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Carl A. Maida and Sam Beck

This is Part Two of a set of articles related to how communities of practice inform global sustainability; a more extensive introductory essay ( Maida and Beck 2016 ) is included in the first of this two-part special issue. The community of practice

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Joseph J. Long

staff together from diverse, geographically distributed services constitutes a community of practice from across the organisation, providing a forum in which to compare experiences and support strategies. Asking questions of habitual practice makes the

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Affective Solidarities?

Participating in and Witnessing Fair Trade and Women’s Empowerment in Transnational Communities of Practice

Debarati Sen

important to understand the reach, dynamics and effects of emergent ‘communities of practice’ in the playing field of sustainable development. While existing research, most notably Brown’s work (2013) , examines U.S.-based actors in these new communities of

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Richard Westra

will require an ‘uncommon nimbleness’ to quote McKibben (2011: 147) . Hence, my position falls in between that of McKibben/Korten and Marx. As elaborated in greater detail elsewhere, the argument quite simply is that such nimbleness in communities of

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Linda D’Amico

opposition and as an alternative rhetoric to mining. I document processes Inteña(o)s employed to increase their civic participation. They created a social movement built upon innovative synergies that linked communities of practice across cultures. Not only