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Instrumental Europe

Practices of Daily Engagement with the European Union

Marysia Galbraith and Thomas M. Wilson

Religious organisations that secularise their community outreach to gain European Union (EU) funding, border-city residents whose consumption practices exploit cross-border economic disparities, EU member states that protect their domestic labour market by restricting access to legal work and medical care for citizens of new member states, recently admitted citizens who nevertheless take advantage of increased opportunities for mobility to improve their economic and social standing, and even in some cases use their scepticism about membership to promote their personal or national interests within the EU – all of these examples point to the complex and varied ways in which instrumentality figures in day-to-day dealings with the European Union. This special issue of AJEC seeks to contribute to the anthropological study of the European Union by examining ways in which various individuals, groups and institutions use the EU to pursue their political, economic and social goals at local, national and transnational levels within Europe.

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The Culture Industries

Symbolic Economies and Critical Practices

Malcolm Miles

Art has become a ubiquitous if at times convenient solution to problems of urban regeneration and social division. Generally, it takes the form of commissioned works or projects in development schemes, supported by state bureaucracies and funding agencies, which view the arts as expedient in relation to problems produced by other areas of policy, from unemployment to social exclusion. Currently, a shift can be detected in arts policy toward a restatement of the aesthetic approach characteristic of the post-war years, in which art does best what art alone does. At the same time, there has been a growth of new, mainly collaborative art practices, constituting a dissidence reliant on art's structures of support while seeking to subvert their intentions. The article outlines the perceived role of art in urban economic development, suggests that a shift in policy is taking place, and describes the new cultural dissidence through specific cases.

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Tal Correm

instrumental; violence is a means to an end. In Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question, Kathryn Sophia Belle [formerly K. T. Gines] argues that Arendt's refusal to extend her argument for violence to anti-colonial resistance not only reveals a double

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The Social Life of Contentious Concepts

Ronald S. Stade

Nazism; it was also instrumental in its formation and part of its violent practice. (It might even be possible to speak of conceptual violence.) Klemperer’s approach can be extended to the systematic study of political concepts more generally: certain

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Capacity Building as Instrument and Empowerment

Training Health Workers for Community-Based Roles in Ghana

Harriet Boulding

conducted in community clinics, or accompanying CHOs on their home visits and community outreach days, which included child welfare clinics. Drawing on observations from the implementation of the CHPS programme, I suggest that an instrumentalized version

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Central and Eastern Europe

The Rise of Autocracy and Democratic Resilience

Petra Guasti

their possible mixtures): 1. Technocracy: the pandemic strengthens the role of experts (virologists and epidemiologists) and has the potential to undermine accountability. 2. Populism: populist leaders might instrumentalize the pandemic to

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Ioana Cîrstocea

Introduction: A Sui Generis Actor in Transnational Feminism The Network of East-West Women (NEWW), a transnational feminist group established in New York City in the aftermath of the Cold War, played an instrumental role in debating women

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Intertwined Landscape

The Integration of Arabo-Islamic Culture in Pre-state Palestine

Mostafa Hussein

these works either only allude to or entirely overlook Islamic culture that might have informed the Zionist imagination of the same land. It is the task of this article to discuss the extent to which Arabo-Islamic culture was instrumental in shaping the

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The Transfers/T2M Duo and the Evolution of the Reflection on Mobilities

The Textbook Case of the Historical Representations of the Paris Beltway

Mathieu Flonneau

narrative that, at the cost of excess or political instrumentalization, tends to make of the presence of the automobile in town only the mark of an intrusion, reduced to a “parenthesis” that would have been a hegemonic “all-car” during the second half of

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The Social Life of Fighting Words

The Case of Political Correctness

Ronald S. Stade

conceptual historiography of political correctness, and rather than offering a conclusion, the final section consists of a discussion of how fighting words like “political correctness” are instrumentalized in a time of reinvigorated fascism. Concepts in