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Modernity, Ḥadātha, and Modernité in the Works of Abdallah Laroui

Conceptual Translation and the Politics of Historicity

Nils Riecken

translate themselves into certain categories, then the question arises of what pushes people toward translating themselves into some categories—such as modernity —but not others. Studying claims made about modernity in non-Euro-American settings, one thus

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‘Excesses’ of modernity

Mundane mobilities, politics and the remaking of the urban

Alice Stefanelli

Cars are celebrated as the technical and symbolic epitome of modernity but are also heavily implicated in the making of climate change, imbricated within a seemingly all‐powerful global capitalist system. What can an anthropological analysis of traffic in urban areas tell us about the enduring strength of this system? While cars in Beirut are both desired and necessary to move about, strong feelings of frustration are taking shape among residents and commuters who face the ever‐congested roads of the capital city daily. This mounting frustration indexes an emerging ‘structure of feeling’ towards everyday automobility that has created explicit and concrete desire for alternative mobilities, particularly public transport, which scholars of automobility had pronounced dead. In this light, while cars remain objects of desire, in Beirut as elsewhere, an ‘excess’ of automobility – of modernity, we might say – is in fact weakening the dominance of cars, exposing a potential brittleness previously undetected. Acknowledging this process forces us to reconsider our modernist assumptions about the inevitable predominance of cars and offers hope for alternative mobility futures.

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The Mise-en-Scène of Modernity

Exposición Internacional del Centenario, Buenos Aires (1910)

Nicolas Freeman

regional link to Spain due to the recent arrival of huge numbers of Southern European immigrants (predominately from Spain and Italy). In Argentina the processes of mass migration and modernity were deeply implicated with each other. Those who arrived had

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The Notion of Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Spain

An Example of Conceptual History

Javier Fernández Sebastián and Gonzalo Capellan de Miguel

This article provides an account of the concepts of modernidad and modernismo in the Spanish language, chiefly in Spain, from the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. This account also reflects the peculiarities of how conceptual history is being conducted in Spain, which resulted in the recently published Diccionario de Conceptos Políticos y Sociales del Siglo xix Español. The authors conclude that an examination of these two terms reveals that the emphasis upon Spanish singularity has been exaggerated and that, despite the presumed historical backwardness of the country, Spain played an outstanding role in the creation of the language of modernity and postmodernity.

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Emerging Kinship in a Changing Middle East

Soraya Tremayne

marker, which we laid down, 10 years ago, on the impact of modernity on ‘Kinship in the Middle East’, in this journal ( Shahshahani and Tremayne 2007 ). Revisiting that special issue of Anthropology of the Middle East has proved critical in providing a

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Plural Modernity

Changing Modern Institutional Forms—Disciplines and Nation-States

Filipe Carreira da Silva and Mónica Brito Vieira

The article begins with the assumption that modernity is undergoing a profound change. The focus is on the structural transformation of two typical modern institutional regimes: the academic discipline and the territorial nation-state. Their demise as the predominant institutional forms in the realms of science and politics signals the end of the modern project—or at least the need for its profound redefinition. It is suggested that such a redefinition entails a radical conceptual shift in the social sciences and that the meta-theoretical expression of this shift can be designated as 'dialogical pluralism'. At a theoretical level, both modernization theories and the recent program of 'multiple modernities' are rejected. A plural modernity, with several distinct varieties, seems a more promising perspective.

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Hiking the Via Alpina

Logos, Eros and the Trails to Freedom

Jonathan Atari and Jackie Feldman

One can say that modern tourism is a cultural celebration of modernity . . . , appearing as tourism-related consumer culture. One can also say that it is a cultural critique and negation of modernity . . . , exhibited as an escape and a desire

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Fragmentation in International Law and Global Governance

A Conceptual Inquiry

Timo Pankakoski and Antto Vihma

concept and metaphor of fragmentation. We also engage with the related ideas of differentiation and modernity. The conceptual history of fragment and fragmentation as social and historical categories has been mostly neglected prior to the analysis we

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Conceptual History of the Near East

The Sattelzeit as a Heuristic Tool for Interrogating the Formation of a Multilayered Modernity

Florian Zemmin and Henning Sievert

uncovering concepts that were central to Ottoman actors in the past, but that might have been lost in modernity. Explicitly avoiding the question of “how did we get there,” they pursue a strategy that is archaeological, rather than genealogical. 10 In turn

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Evenki Adolescents’ Identities

Negotiating the Modern and the Traditional in Educational Settings

Svetlana Huusko

opposition to modernity, contributes to the portrayal of indigenous cultures as static and nonevolving. Accordingly, within the educational settings of Solino, the duality of tradition and modernity tends to correspond with Western academic thinking, which