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Nicolas Mariot

, account of their discovery of popular classes. Their visions of the soldiers with whom they rubbed shoulders, whether it was a matter of their “comrades” or “their men,” highlighted the strong social differences that were simultaneously maintained and

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Noisy Lives, Noisy Bodies

Exploring the Sensorial Embodiment of Class

Camilla Hoffmann Merrild, Peter Vedsted, and Rikke Sand Andersen

This article is situated within the context of growing social differences in cancer outcomes in Denmark as well as most other affluent countries (e.g. Dalton et al. 2008 ; Lyratzopoulos et al. 2013 ). For instance, studies have shown a significant

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Min Al-Mukhayyam’ (‘From the Camp’)

Discourses of Difference and the Boundaries of Exile amongst Palestinian Refugees in Jordan

Michael Pérez

between identification and exclusion are critical. As I show, the essentialisation of camp refugees by Palestinians living outside of the camps is much more than a stereotyped image grounded in current perceptions of economic and social differences. It is

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Expert Knowledge

First World Peoples, Consultancy, and Anthropology

Rohan Bastin, Barry Morris, Janine R. Wedel, Craig R. Janes, Stevan Weine, Ralph Cintron, Ferid Agani, Elissa Dresden, and Van Griffith

The essays in this forum collection are concerned primarily with the application of expert knowledge in fields where there is the expectation of considerable cultural, social, and political consequence for human populations, as a result of state, corporate, or non-governmental organizational action. The essays here are, with a couple of exceptions, written by anthropologists whose knowledge—insofar as it may be distinct from others in the social sciences—is based conventionally in a methodology of long-term fieldwork of a small-scale, faceto-face kind, and founded in theoretical orientations which are sensitive to cultural and social difference.

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A World Elsewhere

Documentary Representations of Social Shakespeare

Susanne Greenhalgh


Documentaries about the use of Shakespeare in applied theatre publicise and endorse the work of practitioners to scholars as well as the general public, and have influenced the growth of academic interest in what this article terms Social Shakespeare: practices in which Shakespeare and social work interact with each other to bring about change. However, in the quest for touching and uplifting individual stories, such media treatments risk ignoring the actual values and strategies governing the work in favour of narratives that normalise social differences through emphasis on the transformative power of Shakespearean theatre, viewed as a sanctified space. Documentaries about three different constituencies – prisoners, young people with learning disabilities, and combat veterans – are examined to determine how far they locate the need for change in society rather than in the individual.

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Building Bridges over Troubled Waters

EU Civil Servants and the Transcendence of Distance and Difference

Seamus Montgomery


This Forum contribution presents fragmented accounts of historical narratives collected while conducting ethnographic fieldwork among civil servants in and around the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. It focuses on the roles that heritage-making practices play in articulating European identity and belonging within these institutional spaces. In the ongoing debates over ‘bridges’ and ‘walls’, Commission officials advocate building the former and tearing down the latter. The European heritage narratives they enact tell the story of a supranational community formed from the expansion of external borders and the elimination of internal ones. Through the transcendence of borders, both physical and cognitive, geographic distances and social differences are made increasingly irrelevant. Their efforts in this regard are nonetheless hindered by futurist temporalities that orient Europeanness in opposition to the past.

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From Epistemology of Suspicion to Racial Profiling

Hans Gross, Mobility, and Crime around 1900

Gal Hertz

Hans Gross (1847–1915), the founder of Austro-Hungarian criminology, developed an epistemology of suspicion that targeted and profiled individuals as well as social and ethnic groups based mainly on their uprootedness and displacement. The scientific practices of observation and analysis he implemented in criminal investigations were anchored in epistemological assumptions that redefined and questioned both the object of study (namely, the criminal) and the subject (the investigator). By transferring scientific ideas and methods from the natural and social science into police work and judicial processes, Gross’s study of crime merged biological and social perspectives. This meant the categories of deviancy were attached to foreignness and social difference, migration and effects of urban life. His epistemology was underlined by social Darwinism, and his forensics, far from being an objective study, advocated what is today known as racial profiling.

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Nigel Dodd

hierarchies, and to sustain and reproduce social differences. This is a morally rich, as well as problematic, practice, as the article by Holbraad clearly demonstrates. That there is nothing new in this can be seen even from the most cursory glance at the

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Dayna Prest

short reflection pieces on the stories they produced and these are included in Gonick’s analysis of the relations between social difference and literacy. What is revealed is how processes of self-regulation, competitive self-making, and other elements of

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Decolonisation Matters

Patrícia Ferraz de Matos and Livio Sansone

the one spread through Serbia's transnational propaganda, a theme that is addressed by Jordan Kiper. Kiper departs from post-conflict regions of the Yugoslav Wars to conclude about the need for education on social differences and respect for democracy