The Car Free Day in Surabaya: a pro-environment event?

By Freek Colombijn Every Sunday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. part of the main street of Surabaya is closed for all motorized traffic for an event that is called ‘Car Free Day’ (often abbreviated as CFD, Chay-Ef-Day). Car Free Days are organized in Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia too, but I know the event best in Surabaya. I first attended the CFD as part of my research on pro-environmental behavior, but as it has turned out, it has little to do with the desire to reduce the use of the car. On the contrary. It attracts many …

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Werken tot je neervalt: Turkse migrantenvrouwen en hun kwetsbare positie binnen de Nederlandse samenleving

Door Sevde Koca Nederland kent een lange geschiedenis van arbeidsmigratie, met als meest recente voorbeeld migratie uit Oost-Europese landen. Arbeidsmigranten uit deze landen hebben regelmatig te maken met arbeidsuitbuiting binnen Nederlandse bedrijven. Onzekere werkuren, onhaalbare normen en constante onderdrukkende toezicht door teamleiders zijn factoren waar deze arbeidsmigranten dagelijks mee te maken hebben. Deze verhalen zijn helaas niet nieuw. Zeker niet voor mij, als dochter van Turkse migranten. Vooral in mijn jeugd heb ik nare verhalen gehoord van mijn moeder. Zij kwam in 1989 naar Nederland onder het mom van gezinsvorming en al snel begon zij als medewerker op de productie-afdeling van een inpakfabriek. Zij …

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Why the Startup environment in Silicon Valley is more fruitful than in the Netherlands

by Vivienne Schröder At a pitch event I meet John “startup” Doe*. I am very biased to meet him after the pitches: That name sounds familiar. It sounds Dutch. We start talking, and I explain what I am doing in San Francisco. Before I know it Doe starts describing the difference between the Bay Area and the Netherlands. There are many more people interested to talk to Doe, so we schedule a meeting to talk again. Doe left the Netherlands about 25 years ago. He is on multiple advisory boards, also for Dutch startups, which gives him a unique view …

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JA! aldus Nasrdin Dchar

Beeld: nasrdinspeelt.nl Door Matthias Teeuwen en Elisabeth IJmker JA! is de nieuwste theatervoorstelling van Nasrdin Dchar (met regie van Floris van Delft), wij bezochten het in Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. Het is een komisch stuk over zijn relatie en uiteindelijke huwelijk met zijn vrouw maar het bespreekt ook de moeilijke kanten van wanneer culturen elkaar ontmoeten en proberen samen te leven. In JA! is Nasrdin Dchar niet alleen zelf bijzonder open en oprecht, hij dwingt de toeschouwer om ook een openheid aan te nemen ten opzichte van de ander. De liefdesrelatie die centraal staat in dit stuk combineert Dchar met zijn kritische …

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Platform Cooperativism for alternative socio-economic models

By Jochem Kootstra We are most probably all familiar with internet-based platforms like AirBnB and Uber. Contemporary economies are increasingly mediated by and through such platforms, which gave rise to a Platform Economy or Sharing Economy. At the background of the aftershocks of 2008’s economic crisis, this has been promoting a disruptive market for individual workers and consumers. Since, the Platform Economy has insidiously evolved into the commodification of citizens via datafication of individuals’ internet usage, paired with emerging side effects regarding workers’ rights, rising wage inequality and its disguised top-down ecosystem, later opted Platform Capitalism. However, the internet-based platform …

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Tech Startup Culture: ‘I am machine’

By Vivienne Schröder For my master Anthropology at the VU Amsterdam, I am doing three months of fieldwork in San Francisco, where I am researching Tech Startup Culture. Through observations, informal talks and interviews like this one, I try to discover the daily practices and motivations of the humans behind the startups. My focus is mostly on the work-private life situation and the entanglement between humans and their business.

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Speaking out of the cistem, or How to say something outside of the binary?

By Alenka Mrakovčić       We probably agree that language use is among the most taken-for-granted aspects of our daily lives. But what if within the language you use, you cannot find language uses that would represent you and your experience? How, then, does this impact the way you exist in the world? This was one of my main questions when I started working on my master thesis about trans experiences of language use.

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“Excuse me, what is that camera for?!”

By Telissa Schreuder. A camera is a funny little thing. Nothing but plastic and then some you would think. Just aim and shoot, nowadays times a thousand due to modern day technologies. The perfect accessory for an anthropologist, won’t you agree? You can lay your profound digital material next to your analogue notes, double-check if you have seen things ‘right’. And perhaps even more than that; you can hide behind it in times of insecurity. Whenever you don’t know what to do or want to avoid a dead conversation, just go for the camera, right? I have to admit, I …

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