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Acceptance, critique and the bigger picture
Anne B. Ryan

life. Savings are at an all-time low and credit card debt at an all-time high, especially among people under thirtyfive.1 Everyday life is often experienced as harried and fraught. Media discussions often portray Irish society as increasingly similar to that in the United States, and often assume that ordinary people have little choice regarding the shape of their lives.2 However, significant numbers of Irish people have chosen not to engage to this extent with a work–earn–spend culture and are resisting the idea that life must be pressured. They are critical of the

in The end of Irish history?
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Their lives and social contexts
Iain Lindsey, Tess Kay, Ruth Jeanes, and Davies Banda

delivered, the experiences of those providing it, and the way in which local young people engage with and are affected by the SfD opportunities available to them. These chapters therefore continue the process evident in the previous empirical chapters, in which we progressively examined international, national and community-based manifestations of SfD. This localizing approach is now applied to understanding, in this chapter, the everyday-life contexts of young

in Localizing global sport for development
Antonia Lucia Dawes

grab their attention revealed the way in which English has become a lingua franca amongst people who have been subjected, in uneven ways, to Anglo-American economic and cultural hegemony. These things signalled the complexity of meanings about race, difference and belonging in the Neapolitan context. But they also spoke to the significance of choice regarding how to live with difference in everyday life, where intersubjective connections can be made without attendant power struggles and without a need for full transparency in communication. Bartering in

in Race talk

Given the significant similarities and differences between the welfare states of Northern Europe and their reactions to the perceived 'refugee crisis' of 2015, the book focuses primarily on the three main cases of Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Placed in a wider Northern European context – and illustrated by those chapters that also discuss refugee experiences in Norway and the UK – the Danish, Swedish and German cases are the largest case studies of this edited volume. Thus, the book contributes to debates on the governance of non-citizens and the meaning of displacement, mobility and seeking asylum by providing interdisciplinary analyses of a largely overlooked region of the world, with two specific aims. First, we scrutinize the construction of the 2015 crisis as a response to the large influx of refugees, paying particular attention to the disciplinary discourses and bureaucratic structures that are associated with it. Second, we investigate refugees’ encounters with these bureaucratic structures and consider how these encounters shape hopes for building a new life after displacement. This allows us to show that the mobility of specific segments of the world’s population continues to be seen as a threat and a risk that has to be governed and controlled. Focusing on the Northern European context, our volume interrogates emerging policies and discourses as well as the lived experiences of bureaucratization from the perspective of individuals who find themselves the very objects of bureaucracies.

A review and manifesto
Alan Warde

. Among the mechanisms that were added, and which actually resulted in a rather complex and contradictory series of variants, included Hirsch’s notion of positional goods, emulation, the trickle-down effect, distinction, the aestheticisation of everyday life, lifestyle and neo-tribalism. This tradition in sociology has concentrated on the visible and the remarkable, and interprets consumption behaviour largely in terms of its conspicuous attributes. It is a tradition which identifies the differences between social groups and classes and is valuable because of that. It

in Innovation by demand
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Postcolonial governance and the policing of family
Author: Joe Turner

Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.

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A surplus of ideas
Richard Wilk

and wheels and springs that drive those two simple hands. From the table of contents, this work might first appear as an overflow of disparate case studies set in places as diverse as a train station, a newspaper office, and the guts of a climate-change model. What could possibly connect them? Overflow turns out to be a multitool for finding hidden and unsuspected connections, unique insights into the workings behind everyday life.

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
Discourses, contestation and alternative consumption
Roberta Sassatelli

specific categories of people, deployed to indicate indulgence or self-restraint, to declare one’s own beliefs and to signify one’s place in the community. While there may be no essential national food, food consumption has been implicated in the construction of national communities of taste (Douglas 1996; Bell and Valentine 1997). The private cooking routines of everyday life have contributed to the ‘us and them’ logic of community-building, setting local produce against far-away crops or the national against the foreign, and mapping these distinctions on the

in Qualities of food
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Antonia Lucia Dawes

behave one way and when you’re in someone else’s house you behave another way’. The implication was that the victim had somehow deserved what happened to him. Alternative and competing meanings of responsibility, belonging, entitlement and togetherness emerged in the various articulations and deliberations. The stabbing was a dramatic example of the routine and difficult processes through which people contested and negotiated a complex and painful knowledge of difference in everyday life in Napoli. It erupted out of escalating tensions over speaking, difference and

in Race talk
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Orvar Löfgren and Barbara Czarniawska

survival guides containing instructions for coping with everyday overload. Dystopic visions of accelerating overflows come together with utopian longings for a more balanced, even minimalist life of order, neatness, and rationality, complete with such antidotes as ideas for achieving ‘the smart home’ and ‘the smart office’ – ways of managing overflow with the help of new technologies. Overflow and its acceleration in everyday life lead to a number of concerns about a wider societal change. How should abundance in domestic consumption and corporate finances be handled

in Overwhelmed by overflows?