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Jeremy C.A. Smith

problematic in ways that have not proved possible for post-​colonial studies in the humanities. But metropolitan social science is also implicated in post-​imperial political, economic and structural forms of domination (Connell, 2007). By invoking a macro-​sociological level of analysis of global inequalities, post-​colonial sociology pinpoints the problematics of power that figure in a challenge to the epistemological foundation of metropolitan sociology. The field also claims considerable critical purchase in critiques of power at the meso-​sociological and micro

in Debating civilisations
Analysing the example of data territorialisation
Andreas Baur-Ahrens

work through structural relations, or more diffuse systems of meaning, which is why the authors divide their constitutional power in more structural and productive forms. The latter ties in with post-structural and discursive power concepts. It is influenced for instance by Michel Foucault and conceives of discourse as ‘productive’, as (re)producing meaning systems and as imbued with social power

in Security/ Mobility
Perspectives on civilisation in Latin America
Jeremy C.A. Smith

dissonances of civilisations. Furthermore, I argue that problems of authenticity and of historical continuity and discontinuity have been central to cultural and political thought of movement engaging international currents. Latin America in the cross-​currents of history Cultural and political engagement began in earnest for independent Latin American societies in the 1880s. Perspectives in culture and politics in post-​ colonial Latin America speak to an ‘Americanism’ expressed in the phrase nuestra América, first popularised by Cuban nationalist José Martí. In reaction

in Debating civilisations
Jeremy C.A. Smith

exists between the commitment made to plurality and the a priori premise that the West’s cultural programme is pre-​eminent. Post-​colonial sociologists believe this to be an unacknowledged Eurocentrism that structurally conceals the inter-​ connectedness of social formations (Bhambra, 2007: 56–​79; Boatcă and Costa, 2010; Patel, 2013). They pinpoint the isolation of the units of analysis, as others have also. The a priori assumption of geo-​cultural unities characteristic of area studies scholarship is a very clear difficulty for theorising multiple modernities. The

in Debating civilisations
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The autonomous life?
Nazima Kadir

conclude by discussing the impact of this history on the current movement and summarizing structural changes in the political landscape during my fieldwork. Description of sources The three most comprehensive histories on the squatters movement in Amsterdam are De stad in eigen hand (The city in our own hands) ( 1992 ) by Virginie Mamadouh, Cracking Under Pressure ( 2009 ) by Lynn Owens, and Een voet tussen de deur (A foot between the door) ( 2000 ) by Eric Duivenvoorden. The academic monographs by

in The autonomous life?
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Ontologies of connection, reconstruction of memory
Jeremy C.A. Smith

Pacific. The Pacific’s absence from contemporary civilisational analysis continues in a scenario in which critical scholarship on the Pacific has grown.Through exchanges between historians, artists, novelists, sociologists, activists and archaeologists from the region and counterparts from elsewhere (known as ‘outlanders’), debates about post-​colonial conditions have produced new insights, helped to foster cultural memory and islander identities and languages, generated different methods and shaped new practices (Borofsky, 2000). Furthermore, the expansion of knowledge

in Debating civilisations
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Nazima Kadir

that’s not the same as just joining living groups. It’s not that easy. So they advised me to go to Amsterdam to get my act together. Despite their differences in class, education, and their structural locations in the world, both of these squatters agree that one must prove oneself to be accepted in an activist community and that activist culture has its own set of standards that are difficult to understand and fulfill at first glance. Frederick, employed as a strategic planner in

in The autonomous life?
Israeli security experience as an international brand
Erella Grassiani

community of warriors is experienced in terms of embeddedness in society, as a criterion of normalcy and as an entitlement that legitimises participation in the associations of civil society’. Notably, this military presence and subsequent ways of thinking are accepted and naturalised because they are seen as necessary and inevitable in conditions of structural insecurity. These processes of normalisation

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