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On Money and Quarantine

A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Francesca Messineo

natural. It is embedded in our lives, carved into our bodies and minds by culture. We hurl insults against it, but utter heartfelt blessings all the same. If we embrace an inclusive approach towards animals, vegetables and all the non-human agents

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Thule as Frontier

Commons, Contested Resources, and Contact Zones in the High Arctic

Kirsten Hastrup


Located in Northwest Greenland, the Thule region is a remarkable frontier zone. This article focusses on the undecided nature of the frontier in both time and space. The article explores the unstable ground upon which ‘resources’ emerge as such. The case is made in three analytical parts: The first discusses the notion of commons and the implicit issue of spatiality. The second shows how the region's living resources were perceived and poses a question of sustainability. The third centres on the Arctic as a ‘contact zone’; a place for colonial encounters and a meeting ground between human and non-human agents.

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

, Messineo asks us to consider what negotiations might come available with the virus ‘if we embrace an inclusive approach towards animals, vegetables and all the non-human agents that populate our living environment’. Money arises here not as inert object

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Assessing Ritual Experience in Contemporary Spiritualities

The Practice of ‘sharing’ in a New Age Variant of Umbanda

Viola Teisenhoffer

that underline the ontological gap between human and non-human agents, “who is speaking/acting now?” (see Keane 1997 )—or, in the medium’s words, “is it me or is it the entity?”—whereas when ‘sharing’, participants might instead ask “who am I when I

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A Theory of ‘Animal Borders’

Thoughts and Practices toward Non-human Animals among the G|ui Hunter-Gatherers

Kazuyoshi Sugawara

assistants, one after another, re-enacted the cry, flapping, and gliding gesture of the kori bustard (see fig. 1). In the G|ui life-world, the continuity between human and non-human agents is comprehended in a pre-linguistic way. This understanding may

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The Chaco Skies

A Socio-cultural History of Power Relations

Alejandro Martín López and Agustina Altman

human and non-human agents organized in societies. This socio-cosmos is basically shaped by the power relations among these intentional beings. 6 For the Guaycurú, space is a social field in Bourdieu’s (2005) terms, possessing a ‘geometry’ shaped by

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Connecting and Disconnecting

Exploring Prisoners’ Relations with the Outside World in Myanmar

Andrew M. Jefferson and Tomas Max Martin

agriculture, and a person that would bring pot and plates, who would give oil and onion, salt and [MSG]… These people will tell what is happening in prison. Connections were also made by activating non-human agents that could carry news and goods across