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Investigating the Investigators

French Colonial Attempts to Supervise Its Policing System during the 1930s*

Ruth Ginio

investigations of crimes that the authorities did not perceive as specifically anti-colonial. 2 Of course, any activity that the regime defined as illegal was considered a threat to the colonial order. Nevertheless, the authorities obviously regarded some

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Investigating Antiquity

Some Notes on the Chinese Concept of Archaeology

Phillip Grimberg

Archaeology: “The Study of [Things] Ancient” versus “Investigating Antiquity” The concept of archaeology in China —kaoguxue 考古學 or “investigating antiquity”—derives from the title of a catalog of antiques ( Kaogu tu 考古圖, “Illustrated

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Investigation, Examination, Control, and Anxiety

Brian Bergen-Aurand

noticed yet remaining unnoticed, in order to keep us “on our toes.” In this light, surveillance is not only about investigating, examining, logging, and controlling the body but also about bringing the body into being as a body-to-be-surveilled, about

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Fracking and Democracy in the United Kingdom

The Dark Side of Egalitarianism

Anna Szolucha

; Kinchy 2017 ; Rasch and Köhne 2018 ) also demonstrates that there is clearly a need to investigate the place of popular democratic power and social justice concerns in shaping the future of fossil fuel extraction in a climate-changing world. However, I

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Germany's Secret Service Investigates the Alternative for Germany

Thomas Klikauer and Kathleen Webb Tunney

.” 8 This report is no more than a preliminary investigation into the AfD and its two subdivisions ( ja and Wing) aimed at assisting the secret service in making the choice whether or not to officially monitor the AfD for violations to the Federal

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Situating the Investigation on Clandestine Graves in Mexico

Between the Forensic and Affective Turns

Carolina Robledo Silvestre and Paola Alejandra Ramírez González

are adopted mainly by the families with the purpose of demanding greater certainty against the ineffectiveness of the official institutions in charge of the investigation task. The relatives take forensic science courses and learn key concepts about

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The Paradoxical Agora

The Social and the Political in between the People in the Marriage Corners of China

Jean-Baptiste Pettier

politique comme chose au politique comme activité: Enquêter sur le devenir politique de l'expérience ordinaire ” [From the political as a thing to politics as an activity: Investigating the political becoming of ordinary experience]. In Berger et al

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Investigating Australians' Trust

Findings from a National Survey

Samantha B. Meyer, Tini C. N. Luong, Paul R. Ward, George Tsourtos, and Tiffany K. Gill

Trust has been identified as an indicator within Social Quality theory. As an important component of social quality, trust has become increasingly important in modern society because literature suggests that trust in a number of democratic countries is declining. Modern technologies and specialties are often beyond the understanding of lay individuals and thus, the need for trusting relations between lay individuals and organizations/individuals has grown. The purpose of the study was to examine the extent to which Australians (dis)trust individuals and organizations/institutions. A national postal survey was conducted with 1,044 respondents recruited using the electronic white pages directory. Findings from multivariate analyses suggest that income, age, sex, and health status are associated with trust in groups of individuals and trust in organizations/institutions. The findings highlight populations where trust needs to be (re)built. Future government policy and practice should utilize these findings as a means of facilitating social quality.

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The State, Legal Rigor, and the Poor

The Daily Practice of Welfare Control

Vincent Dubois

This article focuses on the means by which the state controls welfare recipients in France. The paradox of these actions, which are made in the name of legal rigor but are characterized by ambivalence and the discretionary power of grassroots agents, reveals the broader functioning of a government over the poor. These actions are based on the combination of a multitude of individual relationships, which, although unevenly coordinated, derive from the structural rationale of the post-welfare era. Individualization and uncertainty signal not so much a disaggregation of the state as a consistent mode of governance in which discretion and leeway accorded to street-level bureaucrats are necessary for the state to exert power over citizens' behaviors.

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Shamanic Battleground

Magic, Sorcery, and Warrior Shamanism in Venezuela

Željko Jokić

In the area of the Upper Orinoco River in Venezuela, Yanomami shapori (shamans) engage in hostile acts against their colleagues and people (especially children) living in distant villages in order to inflict misery and death. These combative magical practices are primarily motivated by retribution for past assaults of a similar kind. While in most cases the shapori perform these activities intentionally, this article argues that the malevolent non-human acts are also driven by the cannibalistic nature of hekura spirits, which demand human souls. In this way, although shapori intentionally engage in bellicose activities, they must sometimes kill in order to appease the ancestral spirits and thus spare the lives of their own kin. This article focuses on the dark side of Yanomami shamanistic practices in order to counterbalance tendencies that emphasize the more positive, therapeutic aspects of shamanism, namely, its socially integrative roles.