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The fitness of persons in the landscape

Isolation, belonging and emergent subjects in rural Ireland

Adam Drazin

The concept of isolation has dogged anthropological studies of rural Ireland. This paper re‐conceptualises isolation through ethnographic work undertaken on the minibuses run by Rural Transport projects in five counties of Ireland. Instead of seeing isolation as an embedded characteristic of Irish landscapes, histories or of the ageing body, the paper describes dynamic, shifting expectations of belonging and community. On the Rural Transport buses, characteristic moments of witnessing ‘figures in the landscape’ during predictable and routinised journeys produce strikingly new negotiations of alterity and sameness among the passengers. The paper argues for the significance of these moments in developing a socialised, inscribed landscape and new senses of generative agency.

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Patrick Lucas

In recent years, the culturally distinctive Tunpu, a people group in southwestern China, have been reimagined by outsiders, including media, tourist companies, scholars, and especially Han Chinese from other regions in a search for perceived lost roots of Chineseness. Building upon a Tunpu narrative of migration to the region during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) period, these outsiders imagine Tunpu sociocultural alienness to be representative of ancient unchanged Ming-period character. Thus romanticized, the Tunpu become an unspoiled reservoir where an authentic national Chinese essence can be rediscovered. Through a complex process of embodied engagement with the Tunpu landscape and its objects, however, it is a class of non-Tunpu settlement that becomes celebrated by these outside actors as ideal representation of Tunpu settlement and architecture. This total process fundamentally transforms Tunpu time and place. Yet, it also interacts intricately with local knowledge, and leads to complex local responses and reappropriations of new historical elements.

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Sacred Landscape, Healing Landscape

“Taking the Waters” in Tunka Valley, Russia

Katherine Metzo

This article examines the sacred mineral springs in Arshan, Buriatiia. These springs have been inscribed as sacred due to their medicinal properties and are marked as sacred through rituals and material offerings. Residents lament the loss of healing, and implicitly sacred, strength of Arshan. The author argues that the sense of loss is due to the medicalization of healing in Tsarist and Soviet times and from the commodification of this type of sacred site through bottling and tourism.

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Intertwined Landscape

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

Mostafa Hussein

were absorbed and directed toward the native population. This approach contrasts with later practices of cleansing the landscape of Arabo-Islamic signification in the post-statehood era, when the knowledge of these forms was employed to remove the Arab

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Approaching Health in Landscapes

An Ethnographic Study with Chronic Cancer Patients from a Coastal Village in Northern Norway

Magdalena Skowronski, Mette Bech Risør, and Nina Foss

therapeutic and positive for their health when dealing with illness ( Gesler 1992 ; Williams 2007 ). Other studies have shown how CCPs experience significant healing dimensions of engaging with landscapes that are familiar to them and how it influences their

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The Return to the Monument

The Looming Absence of the Temple

Hava Schwartz

factors as well. In line with the logic that has guided the shaping of the urban landscape in Jerusalem for centuries, the physical planning of space in Israeli Jerusalem is expressive not only of power relations but also of the symbolic perception of the

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Navigating the sustainability landscape

Impact pathways and the sustainability ethic as moral compass

Matthew Archer

) metaphor of maps, travelers, and terrains to theorize the relationship between “impact pathways” and contemporary sustainability “landscapes,” terms that my informants frequently use and encounter in the course of their work. In particular, I imagine

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“Pretty as a Picture”

The Aesthetics of the Picturesque in British Travel Accounts of Tunis (1835–1887)

Imene Gannouni Khemiri

's gaze operates, in Foucault's terms, as a form of “surveillance” (1977: 201). In The Rhetoric of Empire, David Spurr identifies recurrent colonial rhetorical tropes in landscape description, such as “aestheticization” and “appropriation” tropes, where

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Mark C. J. Stoddart and Paula Graham

landscapes as places to be experienced, rather than stocks of resources for extraction. The success of tourism marketing campaigns that promote Newfoundland nature and culture is reflected in the province’s designation as “one of the top ‘new’ and

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Mega-Plantations in Southeast Asia

Landscapes of Displacement

Miles Kenney-Lazar and Noboru Ishikawa

( Ito et al. 2014 ). On the other hand, smaller- and medium-scale farmers and operators have developed plantations that individually cover relatively limited amounts of land but in the aggregate have transformed and completely altered landscapes