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Alpa Shah and Sara Shneiderman

This is the introduction to a special section of Focaal that includes seven articles on the anthropology of affirmative action in South Asia. The section promotes the sustained, critical ethnographic analysis of affirmative action measures adopted to combat historical inequalities around the world. Turning our attention to the social field of affirmative action opens up new fronts in the anthropological effort to understand the state by carefully engaging the relationship between the formation and effects of policies for differentiated citizenship. We explore this relationship in the historical and contemporary context of South Asia, notably India and Nepal. We argue that affirmative action policies always transform society, but not always as expected. The relationship between political and socioeconomic inequality can be contradictory. Socioeconomic inequalities may persist or be refigured in new terms, as policies of affirmative action and their experiential effects are intimately linked to broader processes of economic liberalization and political transformation.

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Digitizing the Western Gaze

The End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign

Jessica Cammaert

to divide, rather than unite, transecting as is often the case, existing ethnic, and class divisions (Cammaert forthcoming). And this is precisely what makes End FGM problematic—the allusion/ illusion that regardless of race, religion, class or any

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Work after precarity

Anthropologies of labor and wageless life

Rebecca Prentice

garment industry's rise and collapse coincided with a Maoist armed insurgence and the country's rebirth as a secular republic. Focusing more on garment entrepreneurs than workers, Shakya charts the complex ethnic and class-related dimensions of these

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Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics

Disrupting Normative Notions

Mel Gibson

engagement is particularly flagged up in volume five when Hydra begin building a new housing development in the area. However, this is a cover for ethnic and class cleansing and Nakia and Zoe both agitate against the development, their dialogue making it

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Stephanie A. Limoncelli

; understanding more about the complexity of transnational social processes and social problems; the ability to reflect on their own social locations (as students with diverse racial/ethnic and class backgrounds) living in a country of the global north

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Linda Howell, Ryan Bell, Laura Helen Marks, Jennifer L. Lieberman, and Joseph Christopher Schaub

spectacularized trauma by showing the way the War on Drugs impacts women differently depending on their race, ethnicity and class” (39). Likewise, in “Jenji Kohan’s Trojan Horse: Subversive Uses of Whiteness,” Katie Sullivan Barak explores the intersections of

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Elite ethnography in an insecure place

The methodological implications of “studying up” in Pakistan

Rosita Armytage

widely noted that the construction of power dynamics between the researcher and the researched is rooted in social identities of gender, ethnicity, and class and in the dynamics between them. The literature on researching elites within these disciplines

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Rebranding Desolation

The Allure of Israel’s Desert Landscapes

Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

Societies: Articulations of Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class , ed. Daiva Stasiulis and Nira Yuval-Davis , 291 – 232 . Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage . 10.4135/9781446222225.n11 Almog , Oz . 2000 . The Sabra: The Creation of the New Jew . Berkeley

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Janet Hoskins, Gavin Weston, Khairudin Aljunied, John Harries, Thorgeir Storesund Kolshus, Lars Højer, Cynthia Chou, Samson A. Bezabeh, and Ingvild Skodvin Prestegård

alternative perspective to attain a better understanding of the complexities that exist in the relationship between ethnicity and class among the Chinese. This perspective would involve combining at least two different optics on social inequalities—namely, the

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Laurie Kain Hart

(cf. Scott 2014 ). Residents from exogenous ethnic and class groups also disrupt social hierarchies and complicate the terrain of conflict ( Rombou-Levidi 2012 ), while temporary residents such as European community youth volunteers naively disrupt