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A surplus of ideas
Richard Wilk

and wheels and springs that drive those two simple hands. From the table of contents, this work might first appear as an overflow of disparate case studies set in places as diverse as a train station, a newspaper office, and the guts of a climate-change model. What could possibly connect them? Overflow turns out to be a multitool for finding hidden and unsuspected connections, unique insights into the workings behind everyday life.

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
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An international political economy of work
Louise Amoore

an environment in which the mainstream media, political and academic commentaries construct an ‘other worldly’ globalisation – one that is unreachable, ‘grander’ than ourselves, and whose only link to everyday life is a top-down ‘impact’ on local practices. The multiple layers of the restructuring of work, when viewed from a practice perspective, are simultaneously undertaken in the name of globalisation, while they also interpret, contest and give meaning to that name. This book has sought to offer three preliminary steps towards an IPE of social practice

in Globalisation contested
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The daily work of Erich Muhsfeldt, chief of the crematorium at Majdanek concentration and extermination camp, 1942–44
Elissa Mailänder

work to­gether, how they joke and quarrel. Central to the everyday history, as developed by Lüdtke, is the question of domination (Herrschaft) or, rather, domination as a social practice.60 Everyday life is not an apolitical vacuum; rather, it is everyday life that is the principal generator of mastery, through the social practice of all those affected, through their perceptions and interpretations, their actions and modes of expression. The institution of the concentration camp created the framework and the National Socialist ideology created the goal for violent

in Destruction and human remains
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Mia-Marie Hammarlin

members of her family. This brutal murder of a journalist opens Nobel Prize laureate Heinrich Böll’s novel The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, which sold well and occasioned debate in West Germany when it was published in 1974. The reader follows the repercussions of the cynical headlines in everyday life, described in a documentary style characterised by ironic distance. Scenes depict the concealed and open loathing to which Miss Blum is subjected. Neighbours whisper, gossip, and spread malicious rumours about her, she who was previously, before the scandalous articles

in Exposed
From starving children to satirical saviours
Rachel Tavernor

daily life; within the UK, twenty-four million people log on to Facebook every day. 13 With the penetration of social networks into everyday life, NGOs now use online platforms as a tool to connect and communicate to ‘networked publics’. 14 In 2009, the introduction of Facebook ‘pages’ facilitated a space for organisations, including NGOs, to create public profiles. Facebook ‘pages’ mirror individual

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
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The principles of Observational Cinema
Paul Henley

The Village (1968) . In reality shot over three months, this film presents scenes of everyday life as if they were happening over a prolonged summer weekend, culminating in the victory of the rowing crew, right, in the Dingle Regatta Hockings and McCarty wanted to encourage their audience to become as immersed as possible in the life of the village and to make sense of it from the inside, in the manner of an anthropologist newly arrived in the field. It was precisely because

in Beyond observation
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Mia-Marie Hammarlin

acceptable from the unacceptable, at a given point in time and in a certain context, is rarely crystal-clear from the start. If it had been, and the boundaries had been beyond dispute, there would have been very little need for degradation rituals in the form of mediated scandals and public shaming. The scandal serves as a point of support in everyday life, a foothold from which we can push off and look at vital questions together. Emotions are both individual and shared, and they shape our understanding of ourselves and our travelling companions in the continuously

in Exposed
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Farah Karim-Cooper

seen both as the ‘“most noble, perfect and admirable” of the senses’, while being burdened with the notion of ‘visual deception’ (p.  42). As a result of this dichotomy, the ability of sense perception to enlighten or harm an individual meant that people were constantly reminded to be vigilant, guarded and to regulate their sensory activities. Our senses are often taken for granted in everyday life, but to early moderns, ignoring the sensations of the world upon the body would have been unthinkable. In addition to hierarchies and dichotomies, the senses are beset by

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
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Kirsti Bohata, Alexandra Jones, Mike Mantin, and Steven Thompson

community, the results of industrial impairment were immediately obvious. Whether it was to the Morning Chronicle correspondent in the 1850s, to the socialist missionaries in the 1890s or to a Polish sociologist in the 1940s, the ubiquity of disability in mining communities was immediately obvious, and an evident shock to such individuals who visited mining communities for the first time.2 The inhabitants of mining communities, of course, considered it a normal aspect of everyday life and, apart from writers who looked to portray or communicate something of the reality of

in Disability in industrial Britain
Discourses, contestation and alternative consumption
Roberta Sassatelli

specific categories of people, deployed to indicate indulgence or self-restraint, to declare one’s own beliefs and to signify one’s place in the community. While there may be no essential national food, food consumption has been implicated in the construction of national communities of taste (Douglas 1996; Bell and Valentine 1997). The private cooking routines of everyday life have contributed to the ‘us and them’ logic of community-building, setting local produce against far-away crops or the national against the foreign, and mapping these distinctions on the

in Qualities of food