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Managing Danger in Fieldwork with Perpetrators of Political Violence and State Terror

Jeffrey A. Sluka

The ethnography of state terror is “high risk” research and there are real personal dangers for anyone who conducts fieldwork on this issue. Managing such dangers has particularly become an issue for those conducting primary research with perpetrators of state terror—the “rank and file” who apply the electric cattle prods and pull the triggers—and all of the researchers I know who have taken this path have been threatened in one form or another. Th is article reviews the core literature and latest developments in managing the physical dangers inherent in the ethnography of political violence and state terror, particularly fieldwork or primary research with the actual perpetrators themselves, makes practical recommendations for managing such dangers, and presents some ideas for developing risk management plans or protocols for researcher survival in perilous field sites.

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Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World

Gail Adams-Hutcheson, Holly Thorpe, and Catharine Coleborne

, now is also considered a dangerous time to travel overseas for some identities. The United States of America is framing Muslim bodies/ identities as embodying danger, and therefore they must be constrained or restricted in their mobility. US President

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“Clear and Present Danger”

The Legacy of the 1917 Espionage Act in the United States

Petra DeWitt

expressions could have dangerous consequences and thus pose a “clear and present danger” to society. Instead of protecting the basic rights of citizens from the abuses of government, this interpretation gave the federal government the constitutional authority

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The Preface to the Hebrew Translation of Purity and Danger

Albert I. Baumgarten

much danger that the other [the non-believer] will talk of religion as a blind man might of colours, or one totally devoid of ear, of a beautiful musical composition. — E. E. Evans-Pritchard (1965: 121 , citing Wilhelm Schmidt) This article

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The Dangers of Excess

Accumulating and Dispersing Fortune in Mongolia

Rebecca Empson

This article explores practices concerned with the accumulation of fortune in present-day Mongolia. By contrasting practices associated with the accumulation of animal herds, children, and immovable property, we see how some are viewed as morally commendable while others are considered morally suspect. It is suggested that when people accumulate too much fortune, misfortune strikes, thereby ensuring the redistribution and release of fortune. By examining the different ways in which fortune and wealth may be released, harnessed, or contained, more general ideas about new ways of accumulating wealth and the dangers of excess in the market economy emerge.

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The Gods of the Hunt

Stereotypes, Risk and National Identity in a Spanish Enclave in North Africa

Brian Campbell

-par to Ceuta, which already has all the ‘ moruno ’ stuff they seek! Visitors’ frustrating inability to see the danger posed by Morocco renders them very susceptible to harm. Therefore, Ceutans strongly discourage travellers. For example, Dave, a

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Immigrant Sanctuary or Danger

Health Care and Hospitals in the United States

Beatrix Hoffman

. The most frequent comment in these letters emphasized the public health considerations of denying health services to immigrants: “The attitude of your fellow Councilmen is outrageous. Don't they realize the danger of neglecting the poor and the sick

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Salivary Dangers and their Resolution

Eating Gong Can Style in China during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chenyu Zong

) references Mary Douglas’ seminal work Purity and Danger ( 1966 ) in respect of both the hidden contaminant particles that might be present in food that are matter out of place or ‘dirt’, and the danger that arises when bodily boundaries are breached and

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Danger, Moral Opacity, and Outrage

Fear of Jihadism and the Terrorist Threat in Southern Mali

Tone Sommerfelt

only when fundamental values are transgressed ( La Fontaine 1998 ) but particularly when people fail, or refuse, to make visible their constitutive relationships to prove their moral being. I aim to show that, when danger is perceived as lurking

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The Down Side Dangers in the Social City Program: Contradictory Potentials in German Social Policy

Peter Marcuse

This article examines the conceptual structure of the Social City Program as it has been formulated in legislation and applied in practice. It raises serious questions as to the actual impact of the program as formulated, and suggests that conceptual clarity may help both to expose its flaws and to propose alternate positive potentials. The program has a complex intellectual underlay, and clarity in the concepts used can avoid some potential dangers in its implementation. More specifically, integration is not the opposite of exclusion, and inclusion is not the same as reducing poverty. Spatial clustering can either support or weaken solidarity. Enclaves and ghettos are not the same thing, although both reflect a clustering of population groups. Finally, emphasizing "social capital" can be a way of highlighting the strength of the oppressed or blaming them for their own oppression-and these distinctions are loaded with consequences for policy.