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Senses of country living in a Basque-speaking village

) the baserritarrak, the farmers who live in farmhouses set far apart from each other. The confluence of these three residential styles in present day Alkiza has led to an unprecedented social and cultural experience for its inhabitants. The question is, what kind of relations are there between the people who live in the farmhouses and those who live in flats or villas? Farms, flat, and villas 111 For those born in Alkiza and nearby villages, there are certain social practices still in use which communicate a sense of exclusion or belonging, for example the

in Alternative countrysides
The restructuring of work in Germany

-dependent responses. Yet, despite their competing emphases, neither approach enables us to reflect upon how the notion of a ‘German model’ emerges over time, or on how this apparent model is negotiated, enabled or contested in the light of discourses of global restructuring. In neglecting the contingent historical making of the ‘national’ and ‘global’, the existing modes of understanding obscure the complex intertwining of these terrains of political life. In this chapter I have used an IPE of social practice to shed light on the question of Germany’s distinctive making of

in Globalisation contested
Dominant approaches

enmeshment of politics and ethics. The assertion of human rights is part of politics as it questions the constitution of relationships and agency and the circulation of power. And, in the same way, notions of human rights address the processes, slow and invisible or explicit and direct, by which we come to value things. Abuse is often embedded in damaging social practice and relationship. It is generated not only through that exercise of power that is forcing others (unreasonably) to your will (although that is a significant form of abuse) but through that power which is

in Human rights and the borders of suffering
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effective political and social change. If systemically inflicted harm is not solely a matter of the relationships between government and citizens but is embedded in social practice and in the social and political institutions and forms in which identities take shape and value is assigned, change is not simply a matter of legislation, less intrusive government or the ‘correct’ principles. Nor is it achieved largely by formal international norm setting arrived at by elites (although this can play a role). Rather, the movement away from violence and oppression may involve a

in Human rights and the borders of suffering

Uruguayan dictatorship (1973–84) one must take into account its different antecedents, which contributed to the political violence that took place in the River Plate region The military dictatorship in Uruguay   85 in the second half of the twentieth century and further developed its particular characteristics. Violent social practices in this region have an ancient cultural significance, and they brought their own rhythm to the area’s long-term historical processes. Acts of genocide, mass graves, clandestine grave sites, and the destruction of bodies form part of a

in Human remains and identification
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technology develops separately from the social context where it is used, but that, once used, it then determines social practice (Roe Smith and Marx, 1994 ). At the other extreme end, it is theorised that technology and its resulting consequences are initiated entirely by social actors, a theory that falls under the vague category of the social shaping of technology, or SST (Bijker and Law, 1992 ; Mackenzie and Wajcman, 1999 ; Rosen, 1993 ; Varney, 2002 ). For example, Rosen ( 1993 ) argued that the specific design of the mountain

in Sport and technology
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Nuns’ narratives in early modern Venice

reveal the history of criminal justice, that is the workings, policies and personnel of the courts. This position has been elegantly contested in a published debate between the two Italian historians, Mario Sbriccoli and Edoardo Grendi. While Sbriccoli argues that it is an illusion to believe that we can learn anything from criminal records beyond the history of legal institutions, Grendi insists that they shed light on the social practices which the magistrates seek to discipline.13 Interestingly, these problems seem to have been more troubling in the late 1980s than

in Judicial tribunals in England and Europe, 1200–1700
Ideology, physical destruction, and memory

rye zakwirwamo akabona kwemererwa kuba umuyoboke w’iryo shya’ (‘When someone asked for a CDR membership card, they would stick two fingers into each of his nostrils and, if they went in, he would be accepted as a member of the party’). It should be noted that a certain degree of humour surrounds these questions, of a type similar to kinship jokes. Kinship jokes, a classic object of anthropological study, are social practices which allow members of a family, or of different clans or peoples, to mock one another without causing offence. Few studies have been devoted

in Destruction and human remains
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Alternative pasts, sustainable futures

interaction.’8 So far, so familiar: such claims to spectatorial activity echo the rhetoric of participation that has long pervaded political theatre, immersive theatre, relational or ‘socialpractice, and minimalist and installation art.9 More significant than the mere existence of the claim is the situation from which the invitation is made and the circumstances under which one might accept. Who – and what – is acting, how, when, and to what end? In what follows I establish, first, the complex interplay of human and non-human agency that emerges from encounters with these

in Street theatre and the production of postindustrial space
South Korea’s development of a hepatitis B vaccine and national prevention strategy focused on newborns

). His argument rested on the prioritising the future of the nation and, thus, the future generation, rather than the working population in the present. The role of the current generation was to develop economy and vaccines for the bright future of the nation. To begin with, Korean doctors had focused on changes to what were seen as unhygienic social practices rather than vaccination. As the vaccination strategy became increasingly significant

in The politics of vaccination