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Cutting the Face

Kinship, State and Social Media Conflict in Networked Jordan

Geoffrey Hughes


The local uptake of new media in the Middle East is shaped by deep histories of imperialism, state building, resistance and accommodation. In contemporary Jordan, social media is simultaneously encouraging identification with tribes and undermining their gerontocratic power structures. Senior men stress their own importance as guarantors (‘faces’), who restore order following conflicts, promising to pay their rivals a large surety if their kin break the truce. Yet, ‘cutting the face’ (breaking truces) remains an alternative, one often facilitated by new technologies that allow people to challenge pre-existing structures of communication and authority. However, the experiences of journalists and other social media mavens suggest that the liberatory promise of the new technology may not be enough to prevent its reintegration into older patterns of social control.

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Squatted Social Centers in London

Temporary Nodes of Resistance to Capitalism

E.T.C. Dee

This article assesses squatted social centers in London as a means to understand the cycles, contexts and institutionalization processes of the local squatters movement. This diffuse social movement had its heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s when there were 30,000 squatters and still exists today despite squatting in residential buildings being criminalized in 2012. Analysis is based on a database of 245 social centers, which are examined in terms of duration, time period, type of building and location. Important centers are briefly profiled and important factors affecting the squatters movement are examined, in particular institutionalization, gentrification, and criminalisation.

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Patrick Cockburn

about squatting. Squatting and its criminalisation can be framed in radically different moral narratives depending on what kinds of examples are placed centre stage and which are marginalised, and this positioning of examples has been an important

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Amanda J. Reinke

striving to mitigate the criminalisation of youth, mass incarceration of marginalised groups, and build peace in tumultuous communities leverage documents in both their presence and their absence. Documents, such as memoranda of understanding between

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The Obligation Is the Point

‘Refugee 2 Refugee’ Care and Solidarity in Greece

Zareena Grewal

work, Palestinian refugee-activists in Greece profoundly challenge the blanket criminalisation of refugees and carceral humanitarian care of international institutions, legal regimes, corporations, the military and the government. As Qutami notes in her

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Coulthard, Glen Sean. Red Skin, White Masks

Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition

Elaine Coburn

political outcomes of any powerful Indigenous revolutionary movement: criminalisation, charges of terrorism and the brutal, murderous use of colonial state force, which is too well known to Indigenous activists worldwide (with Canada no exception). In

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Sarah Amsler

commodification, marketisation and metricisation of knowledge), and institutional governance, financing and regulation (through the abolition of faculty senates, privatisation of study, creation of debt-dependent educational markets, and criminalisation of campus

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From Hope to §3-1

Legal Selves and Imaginaries in the Wake of Substance Treatment Reform in Norway

Aleksandra Bartoszko

many years, the official goal of Norwegian national drug policy has been a ‘drug-free society’. The legal system, with its focus on criminalisation, prohibition and punishment regarding drug use, upholds this vision. In recent years, the public debate

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Family Life in Tunisia after the Revolution of 2011

Two Women and Two Men in a Changing Time

Irene Maffi

secular feminists, modernists and civil rights activists has been the attack against women’s reproductive rights that were put into question in 2013 when a deputy of Ennahda proposed the criminalisation of abortion, which in Tunisia has been legal and free

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Emplacing Smells

Spatialities and Materialities of ‘Gypsiness’

Andreea Racleș and Ana Ivasiuc

. Along the class dimension, the focus on the poverty of Roma groups has been a fundamental principle of racialisation ( van Baar 2017 ), interlaced with processes of criminalisation. The latter translated very concretely into policies focused on the