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Vanya Kovačič

self-confidence. Two weekly events organized by the psychosocial team exclusively for female patients contributed to these changes. I observed the so-called DJ parties. These women-only parties happen behind closed doors on the fourth floor of the hospital. Lively music plays from the recording machine, and the female patients who gather are dressed up. Some of them take off their head scarves and dance energetically. They

in Reconstructing lives
Liene Ozoliņa

her income over the past 2 decades, Īrisa had worked a second shift as a cleaner at a local music school, sold food supplements for a direct marketing firm and made a short-lived attempt at running her own small business offering healthy lifestyle classes. Her life’s motto is, ‘you’ve just got to keep digging!’ (Vajag tik rakt!), a line from a song from the 1980s performed by famous Latvian actor and satirist Edgars Liepiņš. When she was made redundant in 2007, Īrisa was out of work for the first time in her life. After finding a job as a housekeeper at a

in Politics of waiting
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Liene Ozoliņa

cultural references are common in the Latvian public sphere and in private forms of sociality. Many watch TV channels broadcast from Moscow, while there is at the same time an increasing worry in the public sphere about the kind of grip that Russia is still – or yet again – exercising over Latvia in this way. The wide range of Russian swearwords that have become part of the local vernacular have only been partially replaced – or rather, perhaps complemented – by English equivalents (Latvian swearwords often seem to lack the punch). Films and music from the Soviet period

in Politics of waiting