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Constructing a Public Sphere

Materiality and Ideology

Judith Kapferer

The changing cultural and social significance of central city space generates and structures the social formations of capital today. Buildings and landmarks within the city of London are examined here as crucibles for the expression, symbolization, formation, and re-formation of the social orders of the city and the state. Here, the cultural power of state apparatuses to control and order the image and substance of capital and state is challenged by the arts of architecture and cityscape. The relation between public space and private practice is interrogated in locations such as the Square Mile, Trafalgar Square, and Hyde Park, which symbolize and concretize the social relations of the marketplace, the state, and the people. The experience of these places is iconic of the social formations of contemporary society.

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Contours of an urban architectural anthropology

Built environment, climate control and socio‐material practices in winter in Chongqing (south‐west China)

Madlen Kobi

The materiality of and daily life in urban high‐rise buildings has barely been researched, especially when compared to the rich anthropological and architectural studies that exist on rural architecture. This article engages with indoor climate control in an urbanising environment. It considers urban architecture as a social field characterised by the interaction of diverse actors such as architects, policymakers, investors and residents. Based on ethnographic data from subtropical Chongqing (China) in winter, the broader aim is to outline an urban architectural anthropology that approaches the house from a holistic perspective with regard to its materiality, namely by considering both its structure and interior architecture, all embedded in the larger political and economic context. With regard to thermal comfort, architects often focus on the qualities of the material structure of a building for indoor climate control, while social science approaches tend solely to consider the objects and practices inside those structures. In following a practice–arrangement nexus approach as put forward by Schatzki (2010), I propose to think the two levels as interrelated. Ethnography‐based research thus contributes significantly to grasping how people react to buildings and make themselves comfortable in social, socio‐material and thermal terms.

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Marcos Farias Ferreira, Máiréad Nic Craith, Markéta Slavková, Linda M. Mülli, Mariann Vaczi, Annika Lems, and Işıl Karataş

of old and new, local and global, material structures and ideas. Therefore, this is a powerful book about the complex refashioning of identities in today's Estonia escaping simplistic and unilinear renderings of what is, contrariwise, a fleeting

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Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder

contends in her article, should we presume to categorize all gendered opinions together. That said, some of these survey differences are likely because of the lived experience of gender and the discursive-material structures that can frame aspects of that

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(Re)Constructing the Baikal-Amur Mainline

Continuity and Change of (Post)Socialist Infrastructure

Olga Povoroznyuk

be reexamined.” 19 His research in a provincial city in post-Soviet Russia showed the vital importance and durability of Soviet material structures, bureaucratic routines, and resource flows. The material setup of such mundane infrastructure as

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Plastic Packaging, Food Supply, and Everyday Life

Adopting a Social Practice Perspective in Social-Ecological Research

Lukas Sattlegger, Immanuel Stieß, Luca Raschewski, and Katharina Reindl

regulation of SRN. In practice theory, the importance and relevance of including materiality or material structure, products, things, or technology (technical structure) has been discussed by various authors (e.g., Brand 2014 ; Gram-Hanssen 2010a , 2010b

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(De)materializing Kinship—Holding Together Mutuality and Difference

Kathryn E. Goldfarb and Caroline E. Schuster

social worlds, but kinship connections across the divide of death depend on the continued existence of material structures and objects threatened by political instability. By expanding our focus beyond the ‘mutuality of being’ underlying some

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Sociality, Seriousness, and Cynicism

A Response to Ronald Santoni on Bad Faith

Jonathan Webber

‘broad-minded’. Serious-minded people consider the reasons they experience to be objective features of the world, part of its being-in-itself like its material structure. Since we do not experience reasons as resistant to our efforts, we do not

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Donatella della Porta

identified through the history and trajectory that brought them to where they are. A second form of memory is that of organizational and material structures remaining from the past , outcomes of previous mobilizations that remained in the local field of

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Heidi Morrison, James S. Finley, Daniel Owen Spence, Aaron Hatley, Rachael Squire, Michael Ra-shon Hall, Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin, Sibo Chen, Tawny Andersen, and Stéphanie Ponsavady

experiences of material structures. Karolina Doughty and Maja Lagerqvist use a case study of spectator’s perceptions of South American pan flute players in Stockholm to examine the relationship between music and mobility on a local and global level. In the