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Giving and Taking without Reciprocity

Conversations in South India and the Anthropology of Ethics

Soumhya Venkatesan

certain actions seen as problematic—in this case, asking for money instead of working for or borrowing it and working off the debt, or giving and taking at the same time. However, criticisms may be voiced directly to the person or may circulate more

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Taking place

‘new wars’ versus global wars

Stephen Reyna

We are told we are living in an age of globalisation; that in this age we are bedevilled by ‘new wars’ and that to combat such wars we should impose ‘benign imperialism’. The ‘new wars’ standpoint is said to be the ‘most illuminating’ representation of contemporary warfare. The present paper has four tasks. The first critiques the ‘new wars’ perspective. The second proposes an alternative ‘global wars’ approach, which suggests that certain of the conflicts termed ‘new wars’ might be usefully understood as neo‐colonial forms of old colonial global warring. The third formulates and empirically supports a ‘global warring hypothesis’ that explains why such warring is increasing in the current conjunction. The fourth task is to decide whether the ‘new wars’ representation is, indeed, ‘illuminating’. In the course of performing these chores readers encounter a bull in the china shop and learn that taking place is taking [violently] place.

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Taking Responsibility

Ovarian Cancer Patients’ Perspectives on Delayed Healthcare Seeking

Susanne Brandner, Wiebke Stritter, Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn, Jalid Sehouli, Christina Fotopoulou, and Christine Holmberg

and how women talk about delayed healthcare seeking. We thereby understand patients’ notion of diagnostic delay in its various contexts taking ‘[p]rocess causality’ ( Andersen and Risør 2014: 8 ) as analytical basis. The interviewees’ retrospective

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Taking counts into account

Lay inquiries on the mortality of the ‘good clam’ of Ria Formosa, Portugal

Gonçalo Praça

This article draws on the ethnographic study of a recurring anomaly: the ‘abnormal’ mortality of a highly valued species of mollusc grown in farms in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, Southern Portugal, which has been variously construed as an environmental, social and economic problem, a technical puzzle, an administrative dilemma, as a persistent and multifarious controversy. It examines counting procedures used in lay inquiries and on the daily work on the farms to establish the nature and dimension of the mortality. The article analyses how the historical persistence of the ‘abnormal’ mortality is told, exhibited and made in and through these practices, and how the various parties to the controversy about its nature are identified and articulated therein. It considers, then, what social orders are implicated, that is, presupposed and constituted, in and by taking these counts into account.

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Following, Othering, Taking Over

Research Participants Redefining the Field through Mobile Communication Technology

Nanneke Winters

agreed but added: “The pictures are bad because I didn't want [the police] to catch me taking them!” In other words, Stella was navigating this particular leg of her journey through volatile terrain. Henrik Vigh (2009: 420) reminds us that the

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Taking Bazin Literally

Mario Slugan

take seriously. By taking a cue from Morgan and analyzing similes Bazin employs in his description of photography—the Shroud of Turin, fingerprint, mold, and death mask—I propose that Bazin’s notion of identity is nothing preposterous or metaphorical

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Taking on the Light

Ontological Black Girlhood in the Twenty-first Century

Renee Nishawn Scott

taking back their light and magic by refusing to create dances to the latest song by a popular Black woman rapper, Megan Thee Stallion. As the strike continues, Black women and girls are making light on the app by speaking truth to power instead of

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Taking Animism Seriously, but Perhaps Not Too Seriously?

Rane Willerslev

How do we take indigenous animism seriously in the sense proposed by Viveiros de Castro? In this article, I pose this challenge to all the major theories of animism, stretching from Tylor and Durkheim, over Lévi-Strauss to Ingold. I then go on to draw a comparison between Žižek's depiction of the cynical milieu of advanced capitalism in which ideology as “false consciousness” has lost force and the Siberian Yukaghirs for whom ridiculing the spirits is integral to their game of hunting. Both know that, in their activity, they are following an illusion, but still they go along with it; both are ironically self-conscious about not taking the ruling ethos at face value. This makes me suggest an alternative: perhaps it is time for anthropology not to take indigenous animism too seriously.

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Taking Text Seriously

Remarks on the Methodology of the History of Political Thought

João Feres Júnior

Quentin Skinner's methodological project contains a fundamental imprecision that is rarely mentioned by the secondary literature: the assumption, present in several of his methodological texts, that a theory designed for the analysis of oral communication (speech act theory) can be unreservedly used for interpreting text. In this article I will use some of Paul Ricoeur's phenomenological insights on the difference between textual and oral communication in order to advance a systematic critique of Skinner's project and to suggest new methodological possibilities for the history of political thought and related disciplines. This procedure will also allow me to organize some of the criticism raised against Skinner's Collingwoodean approach since its inception.

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We're Taking Back Sexy

Girl Bloggers SPARK a Movement and Create Enabling Conditions for Healthy Sexuality

Lyn Mikel Brown

SPARK, Sexualization Protest Action Resistance Knowledge, is an intergenerational movement that raises awareness about, and pushes back against, the sexualization of women and girls in the media to create room for whole girls. In this article, I document the ways in which the SPARKTeam, a diverse collection of young feminist bloggers, contributes to the creation of conditions that enable healthy sexuality by using their blogs to reclaim what it means to be sexy, and to invite creative forms of resistance to media sexualization.