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“Communists” on the shop floor

Anticommunism, crisis, and the transformation of labor in Bulgaria

Dimitra Kofti

and their use of terms like “reds” and “communists” in the context of privatization and the transformation of power relations on the shop floor. Similar to other formerly socialist countries, the process of privatizing state enterprises revealed a wide

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Brian Wemp

The Grands Magasins Dufayel, a huge department store built on the northern fringe of late nineteenth-century Paris, had an important cultural influence on the city's working class. In a neighborhood with few public spaces, it provided a consumer version of the public square. It encouraged workers to approach shopping as a social activity, just as the bourgeoisie did at the famous department stores in central Paris. Like the bourgeois stores, it helped transform consumption from a personal transaction between customer and merchant into an unmediated relationship between consumer and goods. Through advertising the store portrayed itself as a space where the working-class visitor could participate in new and exciting forms of entertainment and technology. Its unique instore cinema and exhibits of inventions like X-ray machines and the gramophone created a new kind of urban space that celebrated the close relationship between technology and consumer culture.

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Alex Lichtenstein

work when we get to it’. ‘We must ensure’, he warned, ‘that all organizations we work in themselves prefigure the future’ and thus ‘be participatory rather than authoritarian’ in character ( Turner 2015: 123–124 ). Rooted in workers’ shop

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Ladies Selling Breakfast

COVID-19 Disruption of Intimate Socialities among Street-Engaged Food Traders in Ho Chi Minh City

Ngoc-Bich Pham, Hong-Xoan Nguyen, and Catherine Earl

District in HCMC, this article examines the vagaries of street trade. Interpreting their strategies as intimate socialities, the article examines how interpersonal social networks with customers, shop owners and sister-traders stabilise traders’ incomes and

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Inventing Eco-Cycle

A Social Enterprise Approach to Sustainability Education

Sandy Smith-Nonini

In June 2011 several colleagues and I opened a non-profit creative-reuse retail shop that houses a community centre for sustainability education in a bungalow near downtown Rushton, 2 a small city near Raleigh, NC. The idea was for income from the

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‘Being TED’

The university intellectual as globalised neoliberal consumer self

Wesley Shumar

production and consumption are merged activities as well as merged spaces. Ironically many of these prosumer spaces used older factories in urban spaces to create the loft living spaces that also have offices and shops in them. In this moment, the university

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Measuring the Sacred

Research Notes on the Use of Science by Adherents of New Spiritualities in Poland

Dorota Hall

The essay presents exemplary cases for the use of scientific accessories, such as a specialist vocabulary and sophisticated technical tools, in Polish holistic milieus. It analyses editorials published in the esoteric monthly Nieznany Świat, and refers to materials gathered during ethnographic fieldwork among vendors and customers of alternative medicine fairs and esoteric shops in Warsaw, as well as visitors to the Węsiory village, considered to be one of Earth's 'power places'. The work goes on the claim that references to science, and especially to various measurements, besides their legitimating function, appeal to sensitivity related to traditional folk religiosity. Therefore, the Nieznany Świat magazine might be considered a continuer of the folk tradition.

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Le Coup de Sirocco

The Sephardi Presence in Contemporary France

Simon Sibelman

A high point for numerous Jewish visitors to Paris remains a casual stroll along the Rue des Rosiers in the Marais district. For the better part of a century, this winding medieval street has represented the symbolic core of the Parisian Jewish community and, indeed, of all of French Jewry. Promenading along the dank, dimly lite street, one proceeds past a parade of shops that not only serve the sundry needs of the Jewish community but also provide intriguing clues to certain historical and sociological dimensions of that community.

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A Divided City in a Common Market

EU Citizenship and Everyday Instrumentalities on the Polish-German Border

Andrew D. Asher

Based on an ethnographic case study in the border cities of Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and Słubice, Poland, this article explores the construction and maintenance of ethnic difference within the transnational economic and social spaces created by the European Union's common market. Through an examination of three domains of cross-border citizenship practice - shopping and consumption, housing and work - this article argues that even as the European Union deploys policies aimed at creating de-territorialised and supranational forms of identity and citizenship, economic asymmetries and hierarchies of value embedded within these policies grant rights differentially in ways that continue to be linked to ethnicity and nationality.