Situating peripheries research in South Africa and Ethiopia
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framing of urban change, although in reality gaining insights into everydaylife in these wealthier spaces has proved tricky. Some of the key features of peripheries in our understanding are that they are generally spaces located geographically some distance from a main urban core, recognising that this in itself may be fluid and relative, and that they may be close to new growing cores. They are areas of changing land use, where development may be relatively less dense and where a lack of services and infrastructure may be evident. The spaces are commonly residential
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36 ‘The Nursing Board: Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service’.
37 H. Dampier, ‘The treatment of “EverydayLife” in memory and narrative of
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38 Dampier, ‘The
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Rhythm has also been approached from different positions. Parkes and Thrift
(1979) were among the first geographers to explore the potential power of
considering how timetables and natural rhythms structure space. An academic turn towards researching mobilities further encouraged a focus on the
performance of different rhythmic patterns. Influential in this context, also from
a Marxist perspective, has been the work of Henri Lefebvre (2004), emphasising
what he termed rhythm-analytical approaches to everydaylife. More cultural
reflections on rhythm and space
concurrently with the more sensational operations of overseas violence. As Heart
of Darkness indicates, within and across metropolitan everydaylife, the
economic, political and cultural elements of imperialism reproduced
themselves in ways that were quiet,complex and apparently unspectacular.
I will outline here some of the ways in which late nineteenth-century
European imperialism inheres in the textures of daily labour and leisure
in Conrad’s novella. I will also suggest that the Company’s structures and
agents – including Kurtz – need to be reinterpreted through this
is barely coloured
by anthropology and therefore offers hardly any room for what has come to be
called the history of everydaylife. 3
In this chapter I will apply an anthropological perspective.
This way I will show what thinking and acting in terms of witchcraft, in
short the witchcraft discourse, implied for the way people dealt with space
and to a lesser extent with time, as well as for what they thought about the
justice. The extent of unpredictability and confusion in
the legal system was so great that it led one informant to
muse plaintively, ‘When will this democracy be over?’ (Lund
One might ask, then, if anthropology has little to contribute to the instrumental agenda of democratization, what
views do anthropologists have about the factors promoting
or hindering mechanisms of political accountability, equity
and justice in everydaylife? For insights we can turn to an
emerging wave of political anthropology. Compensating for
decades of indifference
Raiding war and globalization in the early modern world
French evidence of raiding practices allows us to consider how we might reconceptualize the notions of raiding war and globalization
in the early modern period.
Raiding seems to have been pervasive in France during the late sixteenth and
early seventeenth centuries, representing an important aspect of everydaylife for
many French communities. Early modern French evidence of raiding suggests that
we should abandon the ‘primitive war’ conception of raids completely and instead
investigate the complex dynamics of raiding practices and their social and military
the circumscribed timespans of research and fieldwork but is a constant presence or a sharing of everydaylife. For this reason Narayan, writing on the figure of the native researcher, suggested how a rigidly dualistic paradigm should be replaced by a rethinking of a researcher’s role, which is characterised by ‘shifting identifications’ ( 1993 : 671) and the quality of the relationship thus created.
In my community of origin, my presence was never perceived as neutral and detached. I was often explicitly required to provide a concrete contribution, thanks to my
the international political economy’
(Enloe, 1989: 4; see also Marchand and Runyan, 2000).
Considered through the lens of a practice perspective, globalisation is
characterised by contests over the reality and representation of social change.
Such contestation can and does take the strategic and organised forms of
promotion and resistance highlighted by the project perspective. However, the
oppositions and tensions of global restructuring are also present in everydaylife. It is helpful to consider the everyday nature of globalisation in terms of
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