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Editor’s Introduction
Michaël Neuman, Fernando Espada and Róisín Read

, Humanitarian Policy Group ( London : Overseas Development Institute ). Duffield , M. ( 2010 ), ‘ Risk-Management and the Fortified Aid Compound: Everyday Life in Post-Interventionary Society ’, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding , 4 : 4 , 453 – 74 . Fast , L. ( 2014 ), Aid in Danger: The

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Rethinking Digital Divides by Linda Leung
Antonio Díaz Andrade

opens the chapter describing Australia as a country in which the use of digital technology is part of everyday life for most people. This situation can be construed as a scenario in which both human and non-human actors establish a network, characterised by symmetry between the social and the technical ( Latour, 1999 , 2005 ). Leung relies on actor–network theory to reject the binary conceptualisation of humans and technology. The analytical power of actor–network theory is, however

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Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation
Tom Scott-Smith

practical and focused on everyday life, with thoughtful and humanistic ambitions. The projects were based on a simple idea: not to construct new shelters but to improve the empty office buildings that lay empty across Vienna after the financial crash. The walls of the bright white pavilion were illustrated with simple photographs, quotations and publications describing the approach, transforming dull grey offices into liveable accommodation by focusing on furniture and

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Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

), ‘ Biosensing in Context: Health Privacy in a Connected World ’, in Nafus , D. (ed.), Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life ( Cambridge, MA : MIT Press ), pp. 79 – 100 . OCHA ( 2013 ), Humanitarianism in the Network Age: Including World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2012 , https

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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order
Stephen Hopgood

looking on that the catastrophe has been contained . It is a kind of quarantine effect, whereby what frightens observers is the idea of uncontrolled, ongoing, unpredictable suffering. Humanitarians arrive to create a moment of ‘new normal’ where the flow has been stemmed, the hole plugged. The Ebola response is an example of this – the vast cost in life and suffering and the everyday life experiences of West Africans in the communities affected are all but invisible now because the breach was contained. What normal does is obscure and disguise

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Jenny Edkins

Santner’s account of being in the midst of life in his book On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life.6 If the study of how people remember the past is framed within or by an attempt to change the future, how can that be appropriate given the general challenge to commonly held notions of past, present and future implicit in memory studies, and especially studies of traumatic memory? La Jetée Chris Marker’s La Jetée is a film framed by a traumatic event – an event that stays ‘stored there in [the] eyes’ of the protagonist of the film, a man whose story we are told but who

in Change and the politics of certainty
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How anarchism still matters
Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen

intervention that unaccountable corporate bodies such as the World Trade Organisation are having on everyday life. The spaces that open up as a result of the contradictions and complexities of social life are also important in realising the potential that can be actualised through considering popular culture as an area where anarchism matters. To fully appreciate these possibilities, along with many other areas of likely intervention and influence, we suggest that the kind of anarchism (or even anarchisms) that is required for the future should be a non-dogmatic, flexible

in Changing anarchism
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Jeremy Gould

of local 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 1998: 204). 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 everyday life? For insights we can turn to an emerging wave of political anthropology. Compensating for decades of indifference

in Democratization through the looking-glass
Joanna Gore

– legitimisation of the ‘abnormal’ Many of the aforementioned distinctions between normal and invalid categories of behaviour can also be seen in established perceptions of ‘art’ and how it intersects with everyday life. Understanding how this happens is therefore important 150 Part II Doing if we want to claim that art can provide an opportunity for liberation. This section looks at how art comes to be categorised in ways that sometimes prevent liberation. Radical art movements, from Dada, the Surrealists to the Situationist International have constantly emphasised the need

in Changing anarchism
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