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HEX AND THE CITY

Victoria Hegner

The paper focuses on neo-pagan witches in Berlin and the role of the urban context in forming their identity and a new religion. The interplay between the city and a specific spiritual practice and thinking becomes particularly obvious in moments of public representations and space making. Following this idea, the article’s ethnographic focus lies on the Pope’s visit to Berlin in 2011 and the public protest neo-pagan witches organized in the heart of Berlin-Kreuzberg. The analysis reveals how religious imaginations and experiences were recast and how the urban imaginary of Berlin came into play and was thus reproduced.

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Jewish Dating or Niche-making?

A Topographical Representation of Youth Culture

Alina Gromova

In this article I am approaching the topic of Jewish dating among the young Russian-speaking Jews who live in Berlin. Using the analytical concept of space and applying grounded theory, I am presenting data I collected in 2010 using the methods of ethnographic interviews and participant observation. The article is organised around three main questions. Firstly, I am interested in the motivation of my interviewees, who are generally children of inter-ethnic and inter-religious couples, to find a solely Jewish partner. Secondly, I am asking for existing strategies applied within a relatively small Jewish community of around thirty to fifty thousand in Berlin in order to find a Jewish partner. Thirdly, I am looking for the concrete spaces and places used or constructed for the purpose of finding a Jewish girlfriend or boyfriend. Beside these empirical results, I am introducing the theoretical idea of Jewish niches, which is discussed against the background of 'Jewish space' as promulgated by Diana Pinto.

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The 1980s and Present in Maribor -- Creativity and Déjà Vu

Between Ethnography and the Construction of Heritage

Meta Kordiš

The article discusses the process of setting up an exhibition presenting the fragments of alternative creative practices in 1980s Maribor (Slovenia) in an art museum. Within an interdisciplinary approach – art historical, museological and anthropological, which is in focus here – I try to understand how such a heritage of alternative creative practices is constructed and produced. Furthermore, the question of the anthropological potentiality of exhibition-making as a method for researching certain aspects of urban practices and development is considered. During the exhibition the art museum became a collaborative place for negotiating, mediating and constructing a heritage between an imagined community of (once) alternative individuals and collectives who participated in the exhibition, the museum staff, visitors and the media. The exhibition was echoed in some other events in the city as it also addressed contemporary artistic, cultural and social issues in Maribor.

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Key figure of mobility

The flâneur

Jamie Coates

The flâneur acts as a key figure for understanding the relationship between the individual, modernity and the city. A reference to dandy young gentlemen, who walked, performed and loitered within the arcades of late 19th‐century Paris, the flâneur has transitioned from a literary and theoretical figure to one used in mobile urban ethnographies. The flâneur, traditionally male, is a figure of pedestrian mobility whose sensorial and mobile engagements with the urban landscape generate distinct forms of creative practice. For this reason, the flâneur has been invoked in relation to the methods and experiences of the ethnographer, who moves and takes note in similar ways. This paper conducts a review of extant literature on the flâneur in ethnographic research, which shows a strong connection between this key figure and its ties to a European tradition dealing with Anglo‐European (post)modernities. It has also inspired a range of methodological innovations in urban ethnography more broadly. Finally, through the case of Tokyo, the paper asks the question of who is drawn to flânerie and who is deterred from it, demonstrating how the transgressive potentialities of flânerie are only desirable for some.

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Book Reviews

Christos Lynteris and Joe Ellis

other social spheres, and people struggle to balance becoming overexposed to the turmoil of the social milieu and sinking into a cynical rejection of it. These ‘stops’ on an urban ethnographic tour through Ulaanbaatar provide the jumping off points for a

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Hannah Callaway, Alec G. Hargreaves, and John P. Murphy

readable (translator Juliette Radcliffe Rogers did an excellent job). This makes it suitable for both graduate and undergraduate courses. More broadly, it should appeal to anyone interested in urban ethnography, urban development and sociality, immigration

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A mother's hope in the midst of existential immobility from state and stigma

Katherine Smith

me, I won't call them on you’: Self-policing as ethical development’ .” In Realising the city: Urban ethnographies of Manchester , eds. C. Lewis and J. Symons , 189 – 204 . Manchester University Press . Stack , Carol . 1974 . All our

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Notes around Hospitality as Inhabitation

Engaging with the Politics of Care and Refugees’ Dwelling Practices in the Italian Urban Context

Camillo Boano and Giovanna Astolfo

Development program at UCL. 6 Each year for five years we engaged in immersive urban ethnographies with small groups of refugees and asylum seekers hosted in SPRAR and with volunteers and workers from LDA. 7 In the form of a three-day design workshop

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Vertigo and Urgency

Affective Resonances of Crisis

Daniel M. Knight

’, Anthropological Theory Commons , special issue on The Vertiginous 3 June . Markowitz , F. 2018 . Betwixt and between in Beer Sheva: consumption and chronotopes in the Negev , in I. Pardo and G. Prato (eds.), The Palgrave handbook of urban

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Narva as Method

Urban Inventories and the Mutation of the Postsocialist City

Francisco Martínez

representation, in a form of essayistic research. In the classic Exploring the City, Ulf Hannerz aimed at doing a ‘total urban ethnography’ ( 1980: 303 ) by composing a portraiture not merely in the city, but also of the city. As he noted, the methodological