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Embedded, embodied and multivalent
Nick Crossley

In this chapter, I argue that music is social interaction. This argument connects to one of the central claims of relational sociology, discussed in the Chapter 1 ; namely, that social interaction is the most basic unit of sociological analysis and a building brick from which the more complex structures of the social world are composed. That is one reason for making the argument. By showing that music is social interaction, I frame it appropriately for relational analysis and understanding. However, it is also important to establish that music is social

in Connecting sounds
Cathrine Brun
Cindy Horst

In this article we suggest that the call for widening participation as part of the quest for a more localised humanitarianism has overlooked the clash of ethical registers that this would entail. We show that the formal script of the professionalised humanitarian system operates with an individualised ethics, while multiple other actors that exist alongside the humanitarian system operate with a relational ethical register. Based on a literature review on civic humanitarianism and humanitarianism embedded in social practice, we explore dimensions of the web of social interaction within which humanitarian practices often take place. We ask how to conceptualise these humanitarian relationships when relationships in themselves are understood as compromising humanitarian principles. Inspired by decolonial perspectives and relational ontologies and ethics, we then identify key dimensions of a relational humanitarianism: solidarity, responsibility and justice; identity and belonging; social distance and proximity; and temporality. In conclusion we suggest that for calls for localisation to succeed in genuinely changing power relations and practices, better understanding and recognition of relational ethical registers that operate alongside the formal script of the professionalised humanitarian system is required.

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
A Focus on Community Engagement
Frédéric Le Marcis
Luisa Enria
Sharon Abramowitz
Almudena-Mari Saez
, and
Sylvain Landry B. Faye

accounts we aim to disrupt this linear narrative by showing how community engagement was inscribed in local social dynamics and produced through fierce contestations and local-level mediation, with uncertain and unstable outcomes. Methodology This is an article about small events during the Ebola response in the Mano River region. Each ethnographic case study presents original data to show how localised social interactions played out during critical moments

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The Politics of ‘Proximity’ and Performing Humanitarianism in Eastern DRC
Myfanwy James

the professional spheres. If all social interaction is performative, we all play multiple and overlapping roles, and few follow the same social script at work as when they are with their friends ( Goffman, 1978 ). In MSF however, this is particularly exaggerated: MSF imagines volunteers to be ‘unencumbered by social obligations at home’, similarly acquiring ‘few in the field’ ( Redfield, 2012 : 362). For many Congolese staff, this is a particularly complex endeavour: some are members of the communities in which they live and work, embedded in political and social

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Lisette R. Robles

capital as features of social life – networks, norms and trust – enabling people to act together more effectively to pursue shared goals and objectives. Against this, Portes (1998) emphasised that social interaction can also result in a ‘social liability’, in this case, a GBV help-seeking barrier. This shows that while social capital is anticipated to enable GBV help-seeking, there are certain circumstances where the same connections hinder the survivors from

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

Across the early decades of the seventeenth century, Englishmen and women moved through a physical, social, and mental world organised into a carefully maintained balance of motion and pause. This book examines how seventeenth-century English architectural theorists and designers rethought the domestic built environment in terms of mobility, as motion became a dominant mode of articulating the world across discourses. These discourses encompassed philosophy, political theory, poetry, and geography. From mid-century, the house and estate that had evoked staccato rhythms became triggers for mental and physical motion-evoking travel beyond England's shores, displaying vistas, and showcasing changeable wall surfaces. The book sets in its cultural context a strand of historical analysis stretching back to the nineteenth century Heinrich Wolfflin. It brings together the art, architectural, and cultural historical strands of analysis by examining why seventeenth-century viewers expected to be put in motion and what the effects were of that motion. Vistas, potentially mobile wall surface, and changeable garden provided precisely the essential distraction that rearticulated social divisions and assured the ideal harmony. Alternately feared and praised early in the century for its unsettling unpredictability, motion became the most certain way of comprehending social interactions, language, time, and the buildings that filtered human experience. At the heart of this book is the malleable sensory viewer, tacitly assumed in early modern architectural theory and history whose inescapable responsiveness to surrounding stimuli guaranteed a dependable world from the seventeenth century.

Parallels and divergences
Martyn Hammersley

pioneer social anthropologist A. R[adcliffe] Brown, from him to his student W. Lloyd Warner …, and from Warner to Goffman, who worked very closely with him’ (Becker 2003: 659). And it is certainly true that the influence of Durkheim and Radcliffe-Brown on Goffman’s work is important. However, it seems to me that Becker underplays the parallels between Simmel and Goffman, and probably thereby the influence of Hughes.4 Simmel is perhaps best known for defining sociology as concerned with social forms that are generated out of processes of social interaction (see Wolff 2

in The radicalism of ethnomethodology
Martyn Hammersley

its impact was particularly significant amongst qualitative researchers. It was widely regarded as offering a fundamental challenge to the then dominant quantitative approaches in Anglo-American sociology; and, along with Cicourel’s empirical work, and other developments, it stimulated detailed qualitative investigation of processes of social interaction, and encouraged a reflective, rather than procedural, approach to research method. Its impact was much greater than that of later ethnomethodological critiques of conventional social research. However, Method and

in The radicalism of ethnomethodology
Networked spectrality in Charlie Brooker’s 'Be Right Back’
Neal Kirk

, Martha finally understands that the comparatively static (re)construction of Embodied Ash is endangering her memories of Living Ash. At the heart of her growing discomfort with Embodied Ash has been a thematic concern of the entire episode: all social interaction and self-presentation is contextual, and constantly being negotiated, but this process is complicated by mediated

in The Gothic and death
Victor C. de Munck
Elisa J. Sobo

Let us begin by asking, ‘Why honour F. G. Bailey with a festschrift?’ The answer is simple: the man’s masterful anthropological work remains a template for good ethnography – the kind that leads to theoretical insights into the nature of what humans want and do. Bailey accomplished this by examining the context of social interactions in daily life and by extrapolating from

in The anthropology of power, agency, and morality