Collecting waste in Sicily: old and new ways

BY FREEK COLOMBIJN Every human settlement has to think of a way to dispose its solid waste, but each place finds its own particular ways to do this. I was once again forced to think about this simple fact on holiday in Sicily. Two peculiarities of Sicily are its rugged terrain, with old fortified towns up in the hills, and the many tourists that visit the island who are perhaps more careless away than they would be at home. How does Sicily deal with these challenges? Castelbuono is a picturesque town with a medieval core, hundred kilometres from Palermo. The …

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Teaching Intersectionality intersectionally: two different cups of tea?

BY KAY MARS Intersectionality has become somewhat of a buzzword in contemporary social sciences. It provided a short-hand term for a more complex and comprehensive understanding on identity, which would take into account the ways in which people are invariably positioned through differences in gender, class, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, ablebodiedness, and more. This theoretical perspective, however, often overshadows more practical approaches in conversations about intersectionality. In a diversifying classroom, the theme of intersectionality is increasingly relevant. But teaching about intersectionality and teaching intersectionally is not self-evident for every lecturer. To provide hands-on tools for lecturers to integrate the concept of …

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ANZAC Parade in Adelaide: a tough nationalist monument with soft edges

BY FREEK COLOMBIJN More than two decades ago I published an article on the urban symbolism of Canberra, the national capital of Australia. When Australian states federated to become an independent state in 1901, it was a nation in search of a national identity. The exploits of Australian troops in the First World War, and in particular the ill-fated landing at Gallipoli in the Bosporus, formed a source of inspiration and the result is that monuments that commemorate the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) loom large in the formation of Australian national identity. The martial imaginary was reinforced …

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Happy New Year!

The editorial team of Standplaats Wereld wishes you all a Happy New Year! A big thank-you to everyone who has contributed to Standplaats Wereld in 2019! We appreciate your insights, reviews, and analyses. Over the course of 2019 we welcomed more than 9000 visitors to our site. A quick look at our top ten performing blogs tells us that you especially appreciated our on-the-ground anthropological analyses of current affairs, such as the mass protests in Ecuador and the situation of women in Yemen, our reviews of movies and books, such as the Truman Show and Black Panther, and our reflections …

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Braderie op de Dam

DOOR IRENE STENGS In het kader van de actie ‘Boer Burger Brunch’ stonden er afgelopen 13 december 28 trekkers op de Dam. Doel van dit boerenprotest: het gesprek aangaan met de bewoners van Amsterdam om zo meer begrip voor ‘de boer’ en ‘het boerenbedrijf’ te genereren. De actie was georganiseerd door Agractie (#onzeboerenonsNederland): een organisatie die een algemene ‘herwaardering van de boer’ als missie heeft. In navolging van het zogenoemde ‘goedmaakontbijt’ na het massale boeren-met-trekkers-protest op het Malieveld van 1 oktober serveerden boeren en boerinnen ‘producten van eigen bodem’. Onder de rood-wit-blauwe zeilen van de opgestelde marktkramen werden massaal witte …

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Reciprocity in Silicon Valley: The prominent role of gift giving among tech entrepreneurs in the Bay Area

BY VIVIENNE SCHRÖDER During my three months of fieldwork in the Bay Area on the work/private life situation of early-stage tech startup founders, I learned the real importance of Marcel Mauss’ essay The Gift (1966). In this essay, Mauss stressed the important role of gift giving in the archaic societies he studied. He argued that through obligations of giving, receiving, and returning gifts, societies create bonds, and in this way stability and cohesion in a society. Yet, more than 50 years after The Gift was published, I saw Mauss’s insights reflected among tech entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. During the …

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Anthropology without airplanes

BY PETER VERSTEEG AND HERBERT PLOEGMAN “The Future is a Metaphor” – Ursula K. Le Guin “You have a video conference in twenty minutes,” the voice on the phone says. “You will receive the holocall on the left side of your room. “Alright Pieter, thank you,” the Anthropologist replies to the work unit’s secretary. It’s odd, he thinks, while putting down his phone. We now have excellent audiovisual connections with faraway places, but still use the same smart devices people have been using since 2005. Of course, the older ones are fossils compared to what we are able to do …

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Bolivia – terwijl het stof nog niet is neergedaald

DOOR TON SALMAN De mensen in het land demonstreren, vloeken, vechten, tieren en vieren. President Morales, reeds veertien jaar aan de macht, trad gisteren, zondag 10 november 2019, af – drie weken na een omstreden nieuwe verkiezingsoverwinning. Hij lichtte toe dat hij dat deed om verdere confrontaties tussen zijn mede- en tegenstanders te vermijden. Het zag er inderdaad lelijk uit op de Boliviaanse straten en pleinen, de afgelopen weken: leden van “het andere kamp” werden niet alleen uitgemaakt voor rotte vis, ze werden ook gemolesteerd, geslagen, er werd brand gesticht in huizen en partijbureaus. Er vielen drie doden en 200 …

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Mass protests in Ecuador: what news media don’t report

BY CAROLINE VAN SLOBBE This week, I have experienced the specific scent and feel of teargas for the first time. It is in first instance itchy, as if someone put pepper in your nose and eyes. Then it starts to hurt. You cannot breath normally and you start to cry. You want to run away, preferably to the nearest fire. The smoke helps, but it takes time before you’re back to normal. That stuff is not innocent, like you often hear on the news about protests, mostly elsewhere in the world. It doesn’t kill initially, but it does make people …

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De donkere wolk die Scriptie heet (en de vruchtbare grond na de regenbui)

DOOR SARA PILIC Ik moet het toegeven: alle clichés over het schrijven van een scriptie zijn waar. Tijdens het hele proces ben ik door verschillende fases heen gegaan. Mijn motivatie sloeg snel om naar stress, paniek en uiteindelijk zelfs wanhoop. De impact op mijn mentale- en fysieke staat? Een structureel slaapgebrek en een onophoudelijke stuiptrekking in mijn rechteroog. Het ging zelfs zo ver dat ik geneigd was om de handdoek in de ring te gooien, het bijltje erbij neer te leggen, er een streep onder te zetten en nog meer van dat soort spreekwoorden. Ik had de keuze al gemaakt: …

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