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Living on borrowed time

Borders, ticking clocks and timelessness among temporary labour migrants in Israel

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Robin A. Harper and Hani Zubida

.1 0.2 0.2 9.8 0.9 1.1 0.4 0.6 Source: Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, 2013. Note: *Including FSU European Republics. tion of workers, many migrants (and now their descendants as well) are increasingly becoming a permanent segment of Israeli demographics. For the workers who imagined short stays and quick returns home, time morphed the locus of their lives. Examining time Modern Western standard temporal references are linked to the virtually universal use of the Gregorian calendar, the Christian era, international standard time and clock time (Zerubavel 1982

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Bitter legacies

A war of extermination, grave looting, and culture wars in the American West

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Tony Platt

resources (gold and lumber in California), and malign neglect. Scholars generally agree (with a few dissenters) that what happened under American rule in California meets the standards of the United Nations post-Second World War definition of ‘genocide’.8 In the early 1940s, historian John Caughey used the term ‘heartless liquidation’,9 while demographer Sherburne Cook preferred ‘social homicide’.10 More recently, novelist Larry McMurtry puts it colloquially: ‘During the Gold Rush, exterminationists were thick on the ground. Indians were killed as casually as rabbits.’11

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Sinnreich erdacht

Machines of mass incineration in fact, fiction, and forensics

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Robert Jan van Pelt

-observance of religious law led to a separation between an individual and the Jewish community. These discussions acquired greater urgency in the Age of Emanci­ pation, when it became possible for a Jew to fully participate in DHR.indb 119 5/15/2014 12:51:14 PM 120  Robert Jan van Pelt civil society without having to take the radical step of conversion. Nevertheless, the question arose of whether there was a boundary short of conversion that those born as Jews should not cross if they were to remain acknowledged as Jews by orthodox Jewry. In the early twentieth century

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Identification, politics, disciplines

Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa

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Nicky Rousseau

concerned with exhumation and the ways in which the dead body (or, depending on one’s view, those speaking in the name of the dead) compels, ‘disciplines’, those around it to react in certain ways, calling forth particular practices or rituals. In short, both the body exhumed and the body exhuming is enjoined within and between the terms ‘politics of dead bodies’ and ‘disciplines of the dead’. The TRC: bodies of evidence and bodies of mourning7 Although not included in its mandate, the TRC exhumed a limited number of bodies between March 1997 and June 1998.8 Many