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

its protagonists and social dynamics, that deserves our attention in all its complexity and presumed normalcy, for it points us towards the social practices of concentration camp supervisory staff, the ambiguity of their actions, and the production and organization of social norms. For this purpose, an everyday historical approach is useful because it no longer focuses on the elites,10 but rather on the everyday work of ‘normal’ perpetrators in terms of a history of experience. In our case this group is the subordinate SS staff 11 of the Majdanek concentration and

in Destruction and human remains
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Kinneret Lahad

representing a hope and a gratifying experience to a frustration, an illusion, and a form of indefinite distress (ibid., 39). Indeed, we wait in waiting rooms, we stand in lines, we enroll ourselves on waiting lists. Waiting is a significant part of our social lives and everyday schedules; it is an inherent side-effect of bureaucratic logic and religious beliefs, and is incorporated into a wide variety of social practices. It also plays a central role in our daily social WAITING AND QUEUING 95 existence and knowledge, as it guides everything from mundane conversation

in A table for one
Chinese puzzles and global challenges
R. Bin Wong

Bayly 04_Tonra 01 21/06/2011 10:20 Page 103 4 Historical lessons about contemporary social welfare: Chinese puzzles and global challenges R. Bin Wong Explaining China’s past to find approaches to our common future We look out at the world around us and see problems and possibilities created by our social practices. We have some basic ideas about where conditions are better and where they are worse, on the basis of which our thinking about development seeks to create the traits found in good conditions elsewhere. The history that typically matters to

in History, historians and development policy
Alex J. Bellamy

formation of national identity. Primordialists claim that the nation was not therefore ‘imagined’ or constructed outside prior forms of social community and neither was it a revolutionary or completely novel product of the march MUP_Bellamy_02_Ch1 7 9/3/03, 9:19 T   C   8 towards modernity. Instead, they argue that national identity is based directly on previous forms of group identity and draws upon the myths, languages and social practices of these pre-national groups. Edward Shils and Clifford Geertz are often cited as the

in The formation of Croatian national identity
A review and manifesto
Alan Warde

. Collective practices, reproduced and improvised upon by the agents conducting them, lie at the centre of the recommended approach of consumption. Many things can be meaningfully consumed only within the boundaries of practices which are social, cumulative and governed by convention. Outside of social practices, much consumer behaviour does not make sense. The collective development of a practice is a source of innovation in demand. As Swann (Chapter 3 of this volume) notes, Alfred Marshall conceived of the expansion of demand as a process whereby activities generated wants

in Innovation by demand
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Alan Cromartie

explained by the attitude of the subordinate to the bare issuing of the instructions. The reason that Weber addressed this situation was that he studied social practices ‘insofar as the acting individual attaches a subjective meaning to his behaviour’; 4 legitimacy is the subjective meaning attached to the conscious acceptance of a relationship of domination. Weber has long been famous for classifying legitimate domination into

in Political concepts
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Susan M. Johns

the nobility, and as a result the process of writing dispersed power yet also concentrated it. He argued that literature ‘stands at the crossroads of medieval social practice and culture’.5 What is significant here is that this collective writing lesson was gendered. If the definition of literature is expanded to include not only poetry, history and romance, the main sources which Bloch uses, but also administrative documents and charters, the ways in which individual noblewomen exerted power become apparent. Charters have a particular usefulness in that they are

in Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm
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Finn Stepputat

, the past decade or two have seen a developing interest in dead bodies and human remains as objects of political analysis. How death and dead bodies are dealt with is far from a homogenous, uncontested field of social practice, as the literature of the 1980s could lead us to believe (Lomnitz 2005). As Lomnitz argues, death relates to deep issues of power. Thus a political study of death will have to take into account contradictions between friends and enemies, citizens and their others, or the ‘particular and species-general points of view’ (Lomnitz 2005: 17). This

in Governing the dead
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Barbara Prainsack and Sabina Leonelli

participation: The ‘citizen science’ of genetics. In B. Prainsack, S. Schicktanz and G. Werner-Felmayer (eds), Genetics as Social Practice: Transdisciplinary Views on Science and Culture. Farnham: Ashgate. Prainsack, B. (forthcoming). Personalization from Below: Participatory Medicine in the 21st Century? New York: New York University Press. Prainsack, B., and Riesch, H. (2016). Interdisciplinarity reloaded? Drawing lessons from ‘citizen science’. In S. F. Frickel, M. Albert and B. Prainsack (eds), Investigating Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Theory and Practice Across

in Science and the politics of openness
Meanings, Limits, Manifestations
Patrick Hayden and Kate Schick

groups to engage in the emancipatory struggles for recognition valued by Taylor. On Habermas's own account ( 1994 : 112–13), private and public autonomy are co-original, and recognition is a form of social practice that requires autonomy as a mode of communicative and deliberative participation. Rather than regarding rights as inhering either individually or collectively, then, Habermas suggests that

in Recognition and Global Politics