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The bridge, the fund and insurance in Dar es Salaam
Irmelin Joelsson

functions are contingent on the informal. In an economy on the fringes of global finance, Tanzania is aiming at, but not fully achieving, the financialisation of everyday life. In the absence of a national context that permits the premises of a global financial market, a shadow market is maintained in its absence, both from below and from within. I provisionally conceptualise these financial strategies of market performativity as ‘popular insurance’. By looking at how two institutionalised infrastructures (the bridge and the fund) operate both in

in African cities and collaborative futures
Laura Suski

. 5. Jo Littler also notes that a distinction between moralism and morality is important to the analysis of consumption. See Radical Consumption: Shopping for Change in Everyday Life (Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill, Open University Press, 2009), p. 14. In this chapter I will use the general terms ‘political consumerism’ and ‘ethical consumption’ with the recognition that this may

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
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Unheard voices and invisible agency
Louise Amoore

conditions and relations of everyday life constitute processes of economic and social reorganization’ (Feldman and Buechler, 1998: 623). The everyday experiences, practices and contests of workers are overlooked amidst a flurry of activity in pursuit of the definitive understanding of ‘large-scale’ transformations. Indeed, international economic institutions have cast labour as a commodity that is simply moulded to fit prevailing economic conditions. The World Bank acknowledges that change is ‘difficult Amoore_Global_07_Ch6 139 6/19/02, 1:49 PM Globalisation contested

in Globalisation contested
Leslie Haddon

Law, J. (eds), Shaping Technology/Building Society: studies in sociotechnical change, Cambridge MA, MIT Press. Berg, A. (1990), ‘He, she and IT: designing the home of the future’, in Sorensen, K., and Berg, A. (eds), Technology and Everyday Life: trajectories and transformations, Report No. 5, Oslo, Norwegian Research Council for Science and Humanities. Cawson, A., Haddon, L., and Miles, I. (1995), The Shape of Things to Consume: bringing information technology into the home, Aldershot, Avebury. Future European Telecommunications User Home and Work Group (1997

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Changing meanings of the countryside in northern Italy
Jaro Stacul

social context embodying the forces of contemporary nationalism. Yet with the decreasing popularity of Marxism, as a theoretical paradigm, the study of ‘rebellious peasants’ too became less popular, and rural emigration to urban centres was (tacitly) taken as evidence that the countryside cannot be politically relevant. The emphasis, in the social sciences, on the aestheticisation of everyday life (see e.g. Featherstone 1992) resulted instead in the social scientists’ shift of focus from the exploration of the politicisation of the countryside to the study of its

in Alternative countrysides
Joe Gerlach

serves as a reminder of how pervasive cartographic reason has been in Western thought and governance (and by extension, in everyday life); that disparate assemblages, cultures and things can be convened and disciplined through geometric abstraction. OSM user ‘Nigel’ sends a text to Ed, he can’t make it today, he is going to the theatre in Yorkshire tonight; a long drive ahead. Participation at such events is always precarious. Ed was preparing an introductory talk on mapping techniques and editing software for his Mensa colleagues and other interested mappers, of which

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Offline and online games, branding and humanitarianism at the Roskilde Festival
Lene Bull Christiansen and Mette Fog Olwig

by moving from grey/dark everyday life to a bright and lit-up gym setting: Birgitte: Annika has always been particularly sensitive – that was what I called it – we kind of gave it our own name. When she turned ten she suddenly became really, really ill and unfortunately it took more than a year for her to get a

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
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Mark Harvey, Andrew McMeekin, and Alan Warde

controversial in the political arena and at the level of everyday life. But that this can be attributed primarily to crises and scandals regarding safety is a moot point. Though several papers attribute considerable importance to highly publicised episodes like BSE, none presumes that this is a sufficient basis for the current attention to food. For many other changes in the organisation of the food system have occurred independently. Some are to be found in the upper reaches of the food supply chain, a result of globalisation of sourcing, transformation in the agro

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Labour, the people and the ‘new political history’
Lawrence Black

often non-pivotal place in everyday life and the dissonance as much as the dialogue between politics and the popular. The ‘new political history’ alerts historians to the manifold relations between politics and the people. If parties are more than reflectors of social change, voters are more than passive receptors of ideas. The ability of parties to construct or mobilise support was not limitless. Parties were not at liberty to construct politics irrespective of their supposed audience and were also constrained by their lack of resources and by the resistance of

in Interpreting the Labour Party
Don Slater

. Detraditionalisation and pluralisation of styles of life We commonly characterise modernity in terms of the loosening of social and cultural structures that – in pre-modern times – were fixed by juridical, religious and traditional structures. For example, studies of emergent consumer culture emphasise a destabilisation of both status and lifestyle: there is a new fluidity to material culture, as well as a new pluralism that requires ‘choice’ and problematises the taken-for-grantedness of the objects, lifestyles and relationships that fill everyday life (for example, Giddens, 1991

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