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Nexus Politics

Conceptualizing Everyday Political Engagement

Matthew Flinders and Matthew Wood

Existing research on alternative forms of political participation does not adequately account for why those forms of participation at an “everyday” level should be defined as political. In this article we aim to contribute new conceptual and theoretical depth to this research agenda by drawing on sociological theory to posit a framework for determining whether nontraditional forms of political engagement can be defined as genuinely distinctive from traditional participation. Existing “everyday politics” frameworks are analytically underdeveloped, and the article argues instead for drawing upon Michel Maffesoli’s theory of “neo-tribal” politics. Applying Maffesoli’s insights, we provide two questions for operationally defining “everyday” political participation, as expressing autonomy from formal political institutions, and building new political organizations from the bottom up. This creates a substantive research agenda of not only operationally defining political participation, but examining how traditional governmental institutions and social movements respond to a growth in everyday political participation: nexus politics.

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From a Blind Spot to a Nexus

Building on Existing Trends in Knowledge Production to Study the Copresence of Ecotourism and Extraction

Veronica Davidov

Ecotourism is primarily perceived and studied as an alternative to resource extraction, even though increasingly the two coexist side by side in a nexus. This article investigates how such instances of copresence are marginalized in literatures about ecotourism and extraction, constituting a “blind spot“ in academic literature. An extensive literature review focuses on the existing knowledge trends and paradigms in the production of knowledge about ecotourism and extraction, and analyzes whether they contribute to the “blind spot“ or can be mobilized by the nexus perspective. Finally, the article briefly outlines two methodological approaches for studying ecotourism and extraction as a nexus.

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Constanza Parra and Frank Moulaert

. Starting from reflections on the nature-culture nexus and socio-ecologies, an analytical framework for the analysis of SES is put forward. Insights from anthropology, socio-ecological systems and political ecology are used. The third section presents the

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A Nexus of Sensationalism and Politics

Doar Ha-Yom and the 1929 Western Wall Crisis

Ouzi Elyada

This article looks at how a group of radical Revisionist journalists who assumed effective control of the newspaper Doar Ha-Yom in July 1929 attempted to fuse politics and sensationalism against the background of the Western Wall affair that, in late August of that year, evolved into the violent incidents collectively known as the 1929 riots (or massacres). Examination of the paper during the month preceding the riots shows clearly that its editors made a systematic attempt to inflame the Jewish population of Mandate Palestine. These sensationalist editing techniques, reminiscent of the pamphleteer style, were employed not only to sell more copies of the paper, as had been the case before the Revisionists took control, but also to advance Revisionist political goals. The article examines the model that the Revisionists used to shape their incendiary strategy, the provocative process itself, and the question of the editors’ responsibility for the 1929 riots.

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Carceral Entrapments

Views from the Prison/Street Interface in India

Mahuya Bandyopadhyay

The prison/street nexus is not a novel point of anthropological inquiry. However, its articulation and understanding have mainly been confined to experiences in the developed West. This article is an instantiation of the prison/street nexus in

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The Case of Japan

How COVID-19 Impacted the Procurement and Lives of Migrant Healthcare Workers

Mario Ivan López and Shun Ohno

disrupting this newly emerging care nexus. A series of issues arise in this context, which constitute the research questions of this study: In what ways have transformations in the human supply chain been impacted? Has this led to a reorganization and

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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

introduction to practice theories and their conceptualizations of materiality regarding social practices. Based on this, we present two possible approaches (network approach and nexus approach) for studying the regulation of SRN from a practice

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Into and Out of Citizenship, through Personal Tax Payments

Romanian Migrants’ Leveraging of British Self-Employment

Dora-Olivia Vicol

economic activity in what scholars call the ‘worker-citizen nexus’ of neoliberal governance ( Anderson 2015 ), I shift the focus to the frictions of material bureaucracies, networks, and interpretive frameworks that mediate tax contributions in the everyday

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Moving Onward?

Secondary Movers on the Fringes of Refugee Mobility in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Jolien Tegenbos and Karen Büscher

, consisting of multiple motivations and trajectories, is also referred to within policy circles as the migration-asylum nexus. 3 Since the 1990s, a similar tension is to be observed within academic circles. Scholars working on migration issues have been

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Kathleen Frazer Oswald

off the rails with mass motordom. Managing Mass Motordom: Synchronizing Automobility In Mobilities , John Urry makes a distinction between series and nexus systems, the former being those systems where parts function independently and the