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Young men and the digital economy

Globalized urban precarity in Berlin and Abidjan examines urban youth’s practices of making do in digital economies, to understand how precarious working conditions reverberate in the coming of age in contemporary cities. Through a comparative analysis of the perspectives of young men working as airtime sellers in Abidjan and food delivery riders in Berlin, the book provides innovative analytical lenses to understand urban inequalities against the backdrop of current digital urban developments. Essentially, this ethnography challenges the easy conflation of instability with insecurity, and overcomes the centrality of wage labour in research on urban livelihood, by looking at a broader set of economic practices and relational mechanisms. The analysis shows how accruing symbolic capital, a feel for the game in contexts of ambiguity, and access to care are fundamental for explaining the unequal distribution of risks for socio-material insecurities in unstable work settings.

The Manchester School, colonial and postcolonial transformations

Anthropology after Gluckman places the intimate circle around Max Gluckman, his Manchester School, in the vanguard of modern social anthropology. The book discloses the School’s intense, argument-rich collaborations, developing beyond an original focus in south and central Africa. Where outsiders have seen dominating leadership by Gluckman, a common stock of problems, and much about conflict, Richard Werbner highlights how insiders were drawn to explore many new frontiers in fieldwork and in-depth, reflexive ethnography, because they themselves, in class and gender, ethnicity and national origins, were remarkably inclusive. Characteristically different anthropologists, their careers met the challenges of being a public intellectual, an international celebrity, an institutional good citizen, a social and political activist, an advocate of legal justice. Their living legacies are shown, for the first time, through interlinked social biography and intellectual history to reach broadly across politics, law, ritual, semiotics, development studies, comparative urbanism, social network analysis and mathematical sociology. Innovation – in research methods and techniques, in documenting people’s changing praxis and social relations, in comparative analysis and a destabilizing strategy of re-analysis within ethnography – became the School’s hallmark. Much of this exploration confronted troubling times in Africa, colonial and postcolonial, which put the anthropologists and their anthropological knowledge at risk. The resurgence of debate about decolonization makes the accounts of fierce, End of Empire argument and recent postcolonial anthropology all the more topical. The lessons, even in activism, for social scientists, teachers as well as graduate and undergraduate students are compelling for our own troubled times.

U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Rebuilding of America’s Image Abroad

Going against the grain of much of the scholarship on "the 70s," therefore, this book presents an array of reasons for claiming that American culture enjoyed a curious renaissance precisely because its shortcomings were most apparent. The activism and radicalism of the "other America" resonated abroad and picked up admirers along the way, even if these (often youthful) admirers were not the standard "publics" sought out by public diplomacy campaigns. The book explores this environment along two tracks which give organizing shape to our narrative. Firstly, the problems of projection. How did American cultural and information officials approach their work in the new 1970s era of "fear, uncertainty, and doubt"? Secondly, the encounters at the receiving end. How were public diplomacy programs received in various parts of the world, each often undergoing their own historic convulsions? Thirdly, the fact that America's increasingly raucous social and political diversity produced unexpected results abroad. A fourth theme concerns the changing worldwide context. U.S. public diplomacy had always maintained a global conceit and a universalist ethos. Fifth, and central to the approach of this book, is the often unrecognized but crucial fact that both ends of the transmission and reception axis are important to understand the full dynamics of public diplomacy practise. The book closely calibrates American soft power to the hard power wielded by the United States, even in this period.

The impact of the First World War on attitudes to maternal and infant health
Fionnuala Walsh

urban rural divide remained acute. The average rate for the nineteen town districts, with populations over 10,000, was 59.8 per cent greater than that for the remainder of the country: 128.1 deaths per 1,000 births compared to 69.1 deaths. 72 Table 1.2 Comparative urban infant mortality in Dublin, Belfast, London and Glasgow (1912

in Medicine, health and Irish experiences of conflict 1914–45
Analysing the linkages and exploring possibilities for improving health and wellbeing
Warren Smit

–6 . Reardon , T. , Timmer , P. , and Berdegue , J. ( 2004 ). The rapid rise of supermarkets in developing countries: Induced organizational, institutional, and technological change in agrifood systems . Electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics , 1 ( 2 ): 168–83 . Resnick , D. ( 2011 ). I n the shadow of the city: Africa’s urban poor in opposition strongholds . The Journal of Modern African Studies , 49 ( 1 ): 141–66 . Riley , L. , and Legwegoh A. ( 2014 ). Comparative urban food geographies in Blantyre and Gaborone . African

in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city
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Territorialist political ecology in/ for the new climate regime
Camilla Perrone

. Robinson , J. 2022 . Comparative urbanism: Tactics for global urban studies . London : Wiley . Roy , A. 2009 . The 21st century metropolis: New geographies of theory . Regional Studies

in Turning up the heat
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Situating peripheries research in South Africa and Ethiopia
Paula Meth
Alison Todes
Sarah Charlton
Tatenda Mukwedeya
Jennifer Houghton
Tom Goodfellow
Metadel Sileshi Belihu
Zhengli Huang
Divine Mawuli Asafo
Sibongile Buthelezi
, and
Fikile Masikane

housing, formal middle-class housing and state-subsidised housing for the urban poor. The project used diverse methods and activities in order to gather data. It has primarily adopted a mixed qualitative methods approach, underpinned by ideas of comparative urbanism on the one hand and a commitment to seeing the peripheries from the ‘everyday’ perspectives of those who live within them, on the other. The research activities encompassed solicited diaries, auto-photography and interviews with residents in case study sites, accompanied by surveys of a

in African cities and collaborative futures
American Municipal Internationalism and Public Diplomacy in a Decade of Change
Brian C. Etheridge

City in the World of Cities: Lyon and municipal associations in the 20th century,” in Shane Ewen and Pierre-Yves Saunier (eds), Another Global City: Historical Explorations into the Transnational Municipal Moment 1850–2000 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 69–85; Nick Clarke, “Actually Existing Comparative Urbanism: Imitation and Cosmopolitanism in North– South Interurban Partnerships,” Urban Geography 33, no. 6 (1 August 2012): 798; Shane Ewen and Michael Hebbert, “European Cities in a Networked World during the Long 20th Century,” Environment and Planning C

in Reasserting America in the 1970s
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Rethinking the European urban
Noa K. Ha
Giovanni Picker

Balkans ( Oxford : Oxford University Press ). Tuvikene , T. ( 2016 ), Strategies for comparative urbanism: post-socialism as a de-territorialized concept . International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40 : 132–146 . Vandertop , C. ( 2016 ), The colonies in concrete: Walter Benjamin, urban form and the dreamworlds of empire . Interventions

in European cities
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Melanie Tebbutt

the 1920s and the 1950s.78 More recently, Selina Todd has demonstrated how the changing economic circumstances of young women in the inter-war years placed them at the forefront of many cultural changes, particularly in the 1930s, as radically changed employment patterns in retail and clerical work, the service sector and light manufacturing significantly influenced their behaviour and aspirations.79 David M. Pomfret’s work has also opened up a useful comparative urban-element dimension by contrasting age relations in Nottingham and Saint-Etienne, France between the

in Being boys