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Introduction

Rethinking the class politics of boredom

Marguerite van den Berg and Bruce O’Neill

). In addition, those with work find less security with their position, propelling the ranks of the precariously employed to grow ( Lorey 2015 ; Standing 2011 ). This special section claims, therefore, that inactivity and boredom are fundamental

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The ethnographic negative

Capturing the impress of boredom and inactivity

Bruce O’Neill

are, after all, forms of activity. To be truly inactive makes no ethnographic sense. Such mundane activities may very well evoke boredom, but as Bronisław Malinowski attests ([1922] 2003: 4 ), boring moments nevertheless contain a wide array of

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Joyful pessimism

Marginality, disengagement, and the doing of nothing

Martin Demant Frederiksen

in a sphere of disengaged repetition where viewing the future as something that “doesn’t matter anyway” becomes a way of relating to boredom in the present in an inactive manner, thus turning the doing of nothing into a norm and negating the

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The Mahapach and Yitzhak Shamir's Quiet Revolution

Mizrahim and the Herut Movement

Uri Cohen and Nissim Leon

In this article we assert that it was Yitzhak Shamir who created new possibilities for mobility within the Herut party, laying the foundation for the Mahapach (electoral upheaval) of 1977. The contrast between Shamir, who avoided the limelight, and Menachem Begin, who was comfortable with the masses, has left Shamir on the sidelines of the research, debate, and discourse on the Herut and Likud parties. Rather than taking the usual approach of focusing on Begin, we highlight Shamir's role in devising and consolidating the new model for the division of power within Herut, making possible the involvement of political forces that had previously been inactive in the party's institutions. Shamir's approach toward integration, which benefited mainly Mizrahim, allowed Herut to remake itself internally. It was this reworked infrastructure, we believe, that brought about the dramatic electoral results of May 1977.

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Park Spaces and the User Experience

Reconsidering the Body in Park Analysis Tools

Eric A. Stone and Jennifer D. Roberts

As a strategy for combating physical inactivity, obesity, and other health conditions, the apperception of greenspace and importance of human-nature relationships have increased in recent decades. With this raised awareness in greenspace, the development of park auditing tools has been positioned primarily in the material conditions (e.g., physical environmental conditions) of parks. An examination of existing park auditing tools has shown that by focusing on particular material conditions, built environment and active living scholars have set aside other characteristics, namely, those that consider the user (e.g., the active human), as a separate concern from the focus of these tools. We have sought to engage with these tools to examine how they can be more effective in analyzing both the physical and human elements of parks and other natural environments.

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’Tis but a Habit in an Unconsolidated Democracy

Habitual Voting, Political Alienation and Spectatorship

Anthony Lawrence A. Borja

spectatorship is not only the normal mode of civic existence found in mass democracies, but is also a preliminary condition that can allow a citizen to satisfy the cognitive dimension of other civic activities or inactivity . In other words, it is a jumping

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The Aesthetics of Boredom

Slow Cinema and the Virtues of the Long Take in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Emre Çağlayan

distinguishing characteristics pertain to its representation of the mundane, the monotonous and the everyday, the dominant criticism against slow cinema also highlight its inactivity, idleness, and banality. The polarizing opinions within the so-called slow

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Introduction

The Digital Age Opens Up New Terrains for Peace and Conflict Research

Josepha Ivanka Wessels

identities of adversaries can be perpetuated in cyberspace, even if these adversaries are inactive in the offline world. For example, YouTube provides a digital public space for Rhodesians to express their national identity, while Rhodesia as a nation

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Peter Lurie, Antonio Sanna, Hansen Hsu, Ella Houston and Kristof van Baarle

developed, Vandevelde remarkably creates himself an image with his own body, using theatrical means. Lying down at the far end of the stage, in near darkness, his body seems to hover. The image thus created remains ambiguous, between peaceful inactivity and

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Reports

Publications, Exhibitions and Conferences

Sara Farhan, Paul Fox and Fakhri Haghani

of the Iraqi Communist Party; others were staunch Pan-Arabists or Nationalists or remained politically conscious but inactive. Iraqi doctors, especially during their medical school days, were active in Iraq’s politics. How they serviced their