The bridge, the fund and insurance in Dar es Salaam
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 everydaylife. 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
. 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
EverydayLife (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
conditions and relations
of everydaylife 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
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Changing meanings of the countryside in northern Italy
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 everydaylife (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
serves as a reminder of how pervasive
cartographic reason has been in Western thought and governance (and by extension, in everydaylife); 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
Offline and online games, branding and humanitarianism at the Roskilde
Lene Bull Christiansen and Mette Fog Olwig
by moving from grey/dark everydaylife 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
controversial in the political arena and
at the level of everydaylife. 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
Labour, the people and the ‘new political history’
often non-pivotal place in everydaylife 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
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 everydaylife (for example, Giddens,