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The Urban and the Carceral

Steffen Jensen

What is the relationship between prison and, for instance, urban slums or ghettos? What does the prison wall signify and do to people living on either or both sides? Is the prison like the ghetto in terms of how both confine? Is the prison an

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Too much time

Changing conceptions of boredom, progress, and the future among young men in urban Ethiopia, 2003–2015

Daniel Mains

disjunctures between expectations and realities regarding shifts in young men’s social relationships. I begin by exploring the roots of young men’s expectations of progress, and the particular way progress was conceptualized in urban Ethiopia. Based on research

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Experiments in Excreta to Energy

Sustainability Science and Bio-Necro Collaboration in Urban Ghana

Brenda Chalfin

Introduction: internal energy frontiers and bio-necro collaborations in Ghana's city of Ashaiman A complex urban metabolism, the heart of Ghana's working-class city of Ashaiman pulses with the rapid movement of bodies, vehicles and goods

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Conditional Freedom

A Portrait of Young Men's Sense of Belonging to the Street in Maputo, Mozambique

Andrea Moreira

This article aims to illustrate how a group of young men, caught between the entrapping circumstances of their lives and their desire to transcend them, negotiated their position in the urban landscape. It is based on extensive fieldwork in Maputo

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“Eyes, Ears, and Wheels”

Policing Partnerships in Nairobi, Kenya

Francesco Colona and Tessa Diphoorn

Nairobi—like many other urban centers across the globe—is marked by a pluralized security landscape, where numerous state and non-state actors provide various security services to its residents. During the past decades, anthropological studies on

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Tower block “failures”? High-rise anthropology

Constance Smith and Saffron Woodcraft

reawakened a public discourse about “tower block failure” that long predates 2017, in which high-rise housing works as a fulcrum for wider discourses about “proper” forms of urban living, widening urban inequality and insecurity, and the political economy of

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The Construction of Homeland among Buriats in Irkutsk

Vera Kuklina

This article focuses on the ways the urban Buriats in the city of Irkutsk construct the notion of homeland. Based on the analysis of family stories, observations, and interviews with the Buriats in Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude collected between 2006 and 2011, the article investigates how urban indigenous Buriats sustain their ethnic identity in the city through various activities, interactions and solidarity with rural people, and how they use urban resources to maintain their ethnic identity.

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“Counterterrorism Citizens” and the Neurotic City

Amy Batley

Recurrent terror attacks in European cities since 2015 have heightened the awareness that many urban spaces may be terror targets. In response to the increased frequency of terrorism during this period, national and local governments, as well as

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Haunting Experiences of Images

Urban Ericsson

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Tension between Fast and Slow Mobilities

Examining the Infrastructuring Processes in Brussels (1950–2019) through the Lens of Social Imaginaries

Claire Pelgrims

existing academic chasms.” 7 With a background in the history and theory of urbanism, I draw on sociology, philosophy, and history of transport and mobility to better understand this dialectic. How does this articulation tend to promote specific