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Institutions of Confinement as Sites of Passage

The Mètis of Foreign Nationals Caught in the Wars on Terror, Drugs and Immigration

Carolina S. Boe

neighbourhoods. Here, I will discuss the ways in which they can, sometimes, change and improve the situations of the ‘undeported’. The sailing metaphor and the term ‘social navigation’ refer to the action of moving tactically in relation to social forces that

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Flight and Exile—Uncertainty in the Context of Conflict-Induced Displacement

Cindy Horst and Katarzyna Grabska

This introduction addresses the ways in which flight and exile create particular types of uncertainty, including both radical and protracted, in people's lives. We argue that the concept of uncertainty, in its meaning of imperfect knowledge and the unpredictability of the future, is central to studies that theorize conflict-induced displacement, transit, and refugeeness. We start with an exploration of the spatial and temporal aspects of uncertainty in situations of displacement, and within that we discuss how uncertainty functions as a governing mechanism. We then analyze the ways that refugees and those internally displaced navigate situations of radical and protracted uncertainty. This article and those that follow in this special issue suggest that in our analysis of conflict-induced displacement, we must understand uncertainty rather than certainty as the norm.

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Diplomat, Landlord, Con-artist, Thief

Housing Brokers and the Mediation of Risk in Migrant Moscow

Madeleine Reeves

and other big tenants would often stress, required particular resources of knowledge, particular capacities to extend one’s urban network, particular facility in idiomatic Russian, and particular skills of social navigation: you had to be shustryi

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The Meanings of the Move?

From “Predicaments of Mobility” to “Potentialities in Displacement”

Stephen C. Lubkemann

. While loss and social disenfranchisement often result from the “social navigation” ( Utas 2005 ; Vigh [2003] 2006) of warscapes, a much broader spectrum of possible outcomes is conceivable. These include situations in which wartime movement opens

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Understanding Experiences and Decisions in Situations of Enduring Hardship in Africa

Mirjam de Bruijn and Jonna Both

context of hardship in African situations, for instance, concentrates on tactical agency ( Berckmoes 2014 , 2015 ; Utas 2005 ; Vigh 2006 ) or on social navigation ( Vigh 2006 , 2009 ). These studies focus on the study of tactics as a repertoire of

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Navigating Unpredictable Sites

Methodological Implications of Positioning during and after Fieldwork in Conflict Societies

Eva Gerharz

enable the researcher to deal with complex social situations emerging from natural disasters and regime change and also those characterized by the uncertainty of spontaneously erupting violence. Here, the concept of ‘social navigation’, which has been

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Made in Nigeria

Duress and Upwardly Mobile Youth in the Biography of a Young Entrepreneur in Enugu

Inge Ligtvoet

‘opportunities’ and depends on them” within the space for social navigation that is severely constrained by the malfunctioning state and the expectations of others due to these young people’s acquired status. De Certeau (1984) speaks about “the art of the weak

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Inside and Outside the law

Negotiated Being and Urban Jouissance in the Streets of Beirut

Ghassan Hage

. 2009 . “ Motion Squared: A Second Look at the Concept of Social Navigation .” Anthropological Theory 9 ( 4 ): 419 – 438 . Wagner , Roy . 1975 . The Invention of Culture . Englewood Cliffs, NJ : Prentice-Hall . Wolff , Kurt H. , ed. and trans

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A Phone without Names

Distrust and Duress in Côte d’Ivoire

Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa

in a Young Woman’s Social Navigation of the Liberian War Zone ” Anthropological Quarterly 78 ( 2 ): 403 – 430 . . van Gijsegem , Veerle . 2006 . “ Criminal Law of French Origin and Criminal Behavior of