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The subject of forensic specialist‘s work with human remains in the aftermath of conflict has remained largely unexplored within the existing literature. Drawing upon anthropological fieldwork conducted from 2009–10 in three mortuary facilities overseen by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), this article analyses observations of and interviews with ICMP forensic specialists as a means of gaining insight into their experiences with the remains of people who went missing during the 1992–95 war in BiH. The article specifically focuses on how forensic specialists construct and maintain their professional identities within an emotionally charged situation. Through analysing forensic specialists encounters with human remains, it is argued that maintaining a professional identity requires ICMP forensic specialists to navigate between emotional attachment and engagement according to each situation.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Struggles with personhood, nationhood and professional virtue

6 Identity: struggles with personhood, nationhood and professional virtue The multi-study research project of which this ethnographic study is a part was originally conceived in the context of then recent devolution in Scotland and constitutional change in the UK more generally. We were trying to get a finer-grained understanding of how national identity works on a banal, everyday basis (Billig 1995) and how it connects to personhood and individual identity (Cohen 1996). Thus we chose to explore Scottish national identity within the mundane frame of a large

in Salvage ethnography in the financial sector

which Djaïdani responded: ‘Ecrivains de banlieue, okay, mais est-ce qu’on leur dit “écrivains bourgeois” ou “littérature de bourgeois” ou “littérature de fils de”?’ (Mboungou, 2007) (Banlieue writers, okay, but do people say ‘bourgeois writers’ or ‘bourgeois literature’ or ‘literature of the sons of’?). Djaïdani constantly questions classifications. His works specifically represent the suffocation resulting from categorization, in other words the dictatorship of identity, whether social, ethnic, cultural, or professional. For Djaïdani, identity is always in flux, and

in Reimagining North African Immigration
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Entrepreneurs and professionals

brokers between the Irish and the host society in ways that have been documented by O’Leary in Wales and Belchem in Liverpool?3 In Stafford the religious difference placed inherent limitations on this role but did not necessarily negate it. Shared national origins and identity might still be significant. These families aspired, nevertheless, to be part of the English ruling class, and the ways in which they acted out their class role were likely to be the major determinant of their local significance. Stafford’s professional and entrepreneurial Irish families may all

in Divergent paths
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254 The emergence of footballing cultures Conclusion By 1919 Manchester was regarded as a footballing city with two prominent, popular and successful Football League clubs bearing its name and other professional teams established within its conurbation. It had its own football association and a multitude of leagues and competitions at every level. Major finals, international and representative games had been held there and football was in evidence, being an important component of the region’s identity and ­culture. The sport had crossed class divides

in The emergence of footballing cultures
Health workers and patients

much as anything else, and do not shed any empirical light on the overseas doctors allegedly burdening home healthcare with their ‘botched’ surgeries and dubious procedures (Gimlin 2014). Beyond this, there is a small body of important work on how medical professionals have had to adapt their professional identities as they have sought to internationalise their patient base, for example about how small-scale private practice doctors in Greece are attempting to enter the IMT marketplace (Skountridaki 2015). This has necessitated working alongside new professionals in

in Beautyscapes
Immigrants in the Irish public sphere

and professional-political are blurred in ways which are difficult for newcomers to detect. Who one is in local political terms translates into demonstrable understanding of the culture of a particular place, including its history and identity, its social fabric and its modes of relating (i.e. the stuff of habitus). In short, local candidates must demonstrate nativeness; a condition diametrically opposed to that of newcomers. These difficulties aside, it is important to note that African political candidates in the study by Fanning et al. (2009) also expressed

in Tolerance and diversity in Ireland, North and South
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Doing ethnography and thinking comparatively

7 Comparison: doing ethnography and thinking comparatively The concept of comparison that shapes this chapter functions somewhat differently from the concepts organising the previous three chapters (culture, change and identity). Those served as analytic lenses to bring out particular dimensions of the data. Comparison here is primarily a matter of relating the ethnographic data to other experiences which lie beyond that research. I am using comparison to draw out further themes from the data, and to revisit some we have already explored, but also to pull back

in Salvage ethnography in the financial sector
The path to economic crisis in Scotland

This book takes a body of ethnographic data collected in 2001-2, during a year's fieldwork at the Bank of Scotland (BoS) and HBOS, and revisits it from the perspective of the 2014-16 period. It explores the tension between the 'ethnographic present' of the author's original research and the unavoidable alteration of perspective on that data that the economic crisis has created. The original research had been planned to take place in the BoS but in 2001, before the research began, BoS had merged with the Halifax to form HBOS. The book provides a long-term historical perspective on BoS/HBOS, from inception to the 2008 financial crisis, and then a consideration of the nature of historical explanation, under the rubric of 'theory'. The main attempts to explain the proximate causes of the 2008 crisis, as well as more encompassing political economic arguments about the trajectory and dynamics of capitalism are examined. The concept of 'culture' as applied to both national groups, Scots and English, and organizations, BoS and Halifax, are also dealt with. The book examines other governing concepts such as organisational change in the business world and social change, identity and the way Scottish and English experience their own personhood, and comparative nature of ethnographic research. The conclusion reviews and draws together the themes of the book, returning to the overarching question of historical perspective and explanation.

Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement

Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.