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Sarah Pink and John Postill


When people move country, they experience new social, infrastructural, and ambient contingencies, which enables them to imagine otherwise unknowable possible futures ‘at home’. In this article, we mobilise a design anthropological approach to show how collaboration with temporary migrants can generate understandings that generate insights regarding future sustainable products in emerging economies. We draw on research with temporary Indonesian student migrants in Australia, which explored how they envisioned their possible domestic futures through their changing laundry practices.

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The Mahalle as Margin of the State

Shifting Sensitivities in Two Neighbourhood Spaces of Istanbul

Urszula Woźniak

The neighbourhood-based battles over norms and values in the ethnically diverse as well as sexual and gendered urban landscapes of the Istanbul neighbourhood (mahalle) spaces of Tophane and Kurtuluş reflect the complexity of the current political transformations that have been shaping Turkey as a whole and Istanbul in particular before and after the 15 July 2016 coup attempt. The analysis of the mahalle as the state’s margin reflects on how public moral talk, including the notion of ‘sensitivity’ (hassasiyet), reverberates in the making of public morality in both neighbourhood spaces. This article specifically focuses on the role of rumours in mediating ideas on behaviour deemed as in/appropriate in the mahalle as ‘moral territory’ and the mundane practices of self-appointed old and new ‘guards’ of the mahalle.

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Jelena Tošić and Annika Lems

, Lucht captures their existential struggles for empowerment in an environment that constantly encroaches on their ability to act. He shows that the seemingly mundane practice of sending containers with goods back home needs to be seen as a vital act of

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

way to something else, a ‘habitus of infection’ as she describes it. This consists of new embodied dispositions and forms of self-consciousness affording doctors protection from infected patients. It manifests itself in multiple new mundane practices

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Migrant Residents in Search of Residences

Locating Structural Violence at the Interstices of Bureaucracies

Megan Sheehan

Mitchell (2006) argues that it is through mundane practices like border patrols, passport checks, and immigration laws that the state is transformed from an abstraction to a real presence in people’s lives—one that bears tangible impacts on their

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Invisible Veterans

Defeated Militants and Enduring Revolutionary Social Values in Dhufar, Oman

Alice Wilson

arrangements that emerged during wartime. Attention to the social implications of everyday mundane practices brings to the fore counter-histories of postwar life from the point of view of the defeated. This sketch of a counter-history of Dhufar's defeated

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The Fiscal Commons

Tax Evasion, the State, and Commoning in a Catalonian Cooperative

Vinzenz Bäumer Escobar

bureaucrats. After all, according to Mitchell, it is these mundane practices that make the state (or any other kind of societal abstraction) appear as an experiential reality, somehow distinct from society (ibid.: 179–182). We see this state effect not only

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The Amāra on the Square

Connective Agency and the Aesthetics of the Egyptian Revolution

Ayman El-Desouky

indication or as evidence of good faith, an example of which is given from everyday mundane practice: “Give me an amāra so that your home helper will let me into your flat” (2009) This example of a social amāra captures the potential range of the forms of