My ethnography of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (2005–2010) points to a strong disposition towards suspicion associated with refugeeness. This, in turn, highlights politico-moral economies of trust, indexed by honour, that become what I call boundary-maintenance disciplinary practices. The dynamics of suspicion and trust, propelled by social crisis and uprooting, shape all groups, from their social support systems and marriages to collective political, ethnic and religious allegiances. Uprooting tends to be associated with displacement of the subject's social order, bringing about an intensified sense of intra-group bonds and a concomitant suspicion towards those outside this group. This, in turn, heightens a necessity on the part of refugee subjects to reflect and shape networks of trust, expressed in a moral idiom, even when decisions are known to be political. This article analyses some of the dynamic between suspicion and trust in conditions of social crisis and refugeeness.
Citizenship and environment-as-common-property in highland Peru
Mattias Borg Rasmussen
issue is transformed into a matter of citizenship and social belonging. Having direct impacts on water, land, and territory, mining raises questions about the management and property regimes of these resources and how they are negotiated (or violated) in
It might seem that Sartre's thought is no longer relevant in understanding and combating the maelstrom unleashed by triumphant neoliberalism. But we can still draw inspiration from Sartre's hatred of oppression and his project to understand how his most famous theme of individual self-determination and responsibility coexists with our social belonging and determination by historical forces larger than ourselves. Most important today is Sartre's understanding in Critique of Dialectical Reason of how isolated, serial individuals form into groups to resist oppression, and the ways in which these groups generate social understandings and collective power.
Adjudicating Moral Being and Becoming in the Los Angeles Mental Health Court
Abigail Jane Mack
Engaging an account of a judicial decision made in the Los Angeles Mental Health Court, this article interrogates the role of anticipation in the lived negotiation of moral, social and institutional orders. As Judge Samuel Benton recounts his attempt to let himself ‘emotionally off the hook’ in the wake of a patient’s suicide, anticipation emerges as: 1) an ordered, linear sequencing of events towards logical ends; 2) unsettled, temporally disjunctive engagements with the past in order to make sense of present experience and ambiguous futures; 3) existential negotiations of one’s potential morality and social belonging; and 4) distributed organization of information between people and across objects in order to elaborate present and future experience. These manifestations of anticipation reveal the social and temporal contingency and deep intersubjectivity of our negotiations with uncertainty in the unsettling process of becoming moral.
Community Engineering for Sexual Assault Prevention
Day Greenberg and Angela Calabrese Barton
against violence, proof of STEM expertise, and fully functioning apparel that was informed by and supported peer efforts to achieve social belonging through fashion performance. The girls met complex peer needs for a secret protection plan that does not
Rethinking the class politics of boredom
Marguerite van den Berg and Bruce O’Neill
across the world, these social arrangements have, as Andrea Muehlebach puts it, an “afterlife” (2011: 62), especially in the sense of an affect that links social belonging to waged labor. To be of worth and, importantly, to be active, therefore, for many
Destruction and Social Attachment in Timor-Leste
—an ominous declaration, indeed. But rather than sounding the death knell of kinship studies, Schneider’s symbolic critique invited scholars to denaturalize kinship, inspiring the exploration of social belonging conceived beyond shared biogenetic substance
The Politics of Kinship and Women's Composite Agency
Sif Lehman Jensen
, which is fundamental to the women's enactments of agency. As this article shows, it is important to stress that the women's actions do not arise from political participation or resistance; rather, the political is embedded in notions of social belonging
on childhood and child sexuality. European ideas of childhood were based on the reimagination of the child's physical and symbolic body around the concept of innocence. Each child was born as a “blank slate,” whose morals, social belonging, and sexual
Sam Jackson, Áron Bakos, Birgitte Refslund Sørensen, and Matti Weisdorf
.anthro.30.1.319 Povinelli , Elizabeth . 2006 . The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . Povinelli , Elizabeth . 2011 . Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in