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The “Brick and Mortar” of Mobilization?

Storytelling and Materiality in Anti-Asylum Seeker Center Protests in the Netherlands

Iris Beau Segers

of relative deprivation ( Braun 2011 ; Jäckle and König 2017 ) as well as ethnic competition ( Savelkoul et al. 2011 ; Schneider 2008 ). However, existing empirical evidence provides contradictory results and fails to explain why some communities

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A UK Psychologist's Reflections on the First Year of the COVID-19 Lockdown

Can We Talk about a Jewish Experience?

Nikki Scheiner

South Asian groups – overlapped with other vulnerability factors, specifically geographical location, economic deprivation and occupation. Growing health inequity between the south-west and the north-east of the UK was clearly reflected in the COVID

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Deprivation of citizenship, undocumented labor and human trafficking

Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand

Steve Kwok-Leung Chan

literature review of existing studies on labor trafficking. The third section covers the general situation of migrant workers in Thailand and the deprivation of citizenship in their country of origin, Myanmar. The case of Thai “ghost” fishing boats with slave

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Vulnerable homes on the move

An introduction

Sara Bonfanti, Shuhua Chen, and Aurora Massa


In a world of rampant inequality, when millions seek out better futures elsewhere, this introduction situates critical experiences of dwelling within recent debates on home and migration. Seeing vulnerability as an active condition, this theme section records the attempts of individuals and groups on the move in fashioning a home despite adverse socio-cultural, economical, and political situations. Our argumentation considers: the imbrication of structural forces and existential power, the complexity of temporal registers across the life course, and the human capacity for home-making. As asylum-seekers, evicted refugees and deprived migrant families struggle to feel at home in precarious circumstances, our ethnographies reveal the violence inflicted by social systems but also the agency of subjects who strive to make the places they inhabit everyday worth living.

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Selective Empathy

Workers, Colonial Subjects, and the Affective Politics of French Romantic Socialism

Naomi J. Andrews

cultural deprivation, “excluded from civilization,” and lacking even the traditions and “savage grandeur” of “true” barbarians. 11 Similar depictions, not all unsympathetic, appeared in reports beginning in the early 1830s documenting the extent of urban

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Social Quality, Community Capacity, and Capability Poverty of Urban Residents in Shenzhen, China

Xu Yanhui and Gong Ziyu

and material. In fact, poverty not only refers to lowness of income; it must also be viewed as the deprivation of basic capabilities to obtain chances of survival. Consequently, how to motivate subjective initiatives and improve the survival and

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The Case of Pakistan

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Perceived Well-Being of Displaced Households

Fariya Hashmat, Ahmad Nawaz, Tony Bradley, and Asad Ghalib

, and indicates a cycle that operates with the opposite effect, namely, toward reducing continuous sustainability deprivation. The COVID-19 pandemic (including the implicit societal crisis) from this perspective can be conceived as a major disruptor of

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Revisiting “Driving While Black”: Racialized Automobilities in a Settler Colonial Context

Georgine Clarsen

Paul Gilroy observed in 2001 that there were “surprisingly few” discussions of automobiles in histories of African American vernacular cultures, in spite of their “epoch-making impact.” He argued that a “ distinctive history of propertylessness and material deprivation” had led to a disproportionate African American investment in automobiles. This article considers how car culture has also operated as a salve for the “indignities of white supremacy” for Indigenous Australians, though on very different terms.

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The Return of Mother Russia

Representations of Women in Soviet Wartime Cinema

Elena Baraban

This article examines the process of symbolisation in the images of women in Soviet cinema. It argues that during the Great Patriotic War (1941–1945) many female characters served as symbolic representations of the country itself, of Mother Russia, determined to defeat the enemy and ready to endure hardships and to cope with deprivation and grief. The start of the resistance against Nazi Germany called for many more depictions of women than was typical in the thoroughly masculinised culture of the 1930s. At the same time, wartime images of women were quite abstract: they recalled posters and often relied on a symbolically charged mise-en-scène.

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Beyond the utility of violence

Interpreting five homicides in the South African lowveld

Isak Niehaus

This article points to the limitations of utilitarian theories of violence, as evident in the works of anthropologists who insist that all acts of violence either serve instrumental purposes (such as advancing one's own position) or expressive purposes (such as communicating key social ideas). Against the totalizing claims of such theories, the article observes that most homicides that occurred in the South African lowveld village where I conducted fieldwork research were the unanticipated consequence of men striking out in moments of anger. Although not the purposeful outcome of calculated conduct, these homicides were not however random. The high incidence of homicide can be explained in terms of Sahlins's concept of conjunctive agency, and by the co-presence of structural conditions of deprivation, ideologies of masculine domination, the wide prevalence of firearms, and the social enactment of rage.