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Narratives of Ageing and Materiality

The Experience of Home in Older People's Residential Care

Melanie Lovatt

The Material Embodiment of Later Life This article, based on ethnographic research, explores feelings of (not) being at home in older people's residential care. I argue that residents’ feelings about being and becoming at home – or not being

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Materiality as an Agency of Knowledge

Competing Forms of Knowledge in Rachel's Tomb in Tiberias

Nimrod Luz

that against the current flux and uncertainty of what counts as truth, we need to take materiality more seriously in our ethnography of pilgrimage sites. Further, complementing previous understandings that have emphasized sacred texts as sufficient

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The Postwar Schoolbook as a Material Artifact

Two Greek Reading Textbooks from 1944

Niki Sioki

the pedagogical and instructional theories adopted by the official authorities. Similarly, their material form and typographic organization reflect artistic values of the time, available printing technology, and the availability (or lack) of skilled

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Material Compromises in the Planning of a ‘Traditional Village’ in Southwest China

Suvi Rautio

visitors. The results are made visible through the aesthetic details and materiality of the village, such as the rice sheaves, to depict, as one tourist leaflet puts it, “the native wisdom of the harmonious farming community living in ancient residencies

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The Material Turn in the Study of Religion

Sonia Hazard

Material things and phenomena have come to vie with belief and thought as worthy subjects of inquiry in the interdisciplinary study of religion. Yet, to the extent that we are justified in speaking of a “material turn”, no consensus has arisen about what materiality is or does. This article offers a preliminary sketch of the diverse terrain of material religion studies, delineating three dominant approaches to religious materiality as well as an emerging alternative. It argues that the dominant approaches—respectively characterized by an emphasis on symbolism, material disciplines, and phenomenological experience—continue to privilege the human subject while material things themselves struggle to come into sharp focus. That is, they remain anthropocentric and beholden to the biases against materiality deeply entrenched in the study of religion. Such biases may be negotiated more successfully via the emerging alternative “new materialism”.

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Assemblage Making, Materiality, and Self in Cuban Palo Monte

Diana Espírito Santo

which there are thousands. It is, by all accounts, an instrumentalist ritual complex (of which there are several branches) that aims at the perpetual construction and preservation of a kind of self-system, one that encompasses material, mineral, animal

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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

problems of plastic waste are closely connected to the material characteristics and qualities of plastic items. Littering, recycling rates, and toxicological impacts ( Zimmermann et al. 2019 ) are very heterogeneous for different types of plastic packaging

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Dangerous Mobilities

Mimi Sheller

. Even seemingly solid things like buildings move, and as Gail Adams-Hutcheson brings out, entangle us in “vibrant materialities.” Humans also face other dangers, associated with our bodily needs for breathable air, clean water, and warmth, each

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The Power and Productivity of Vigilance Regimes

Ana Ivasiuc, Eveline Dürr, and Catherine Whittaker

which it is productive of materialities, visualities, and cognitive and affective subjectivities, structuring social practices in specific ways. 1 Thus, we chart the power and productiveness of vigilance along the axes of visuality, materiality, and

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Chasing the Secular

Methodological Reflections on How to Make the Secular Tangible

Birgitte Schepelern Johansen

How can we think about the secular in ways that encourage empirical investigations of its specific, localized, material, and embodied expressions? Locating the secular in particular things, bodies, practices, and situations invites the scholar to