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    The Broker: Inequality, Loss and the PNG LNG Project
    Minnegal, M ; Dwyer, P ; Beer, B ; Schwoerer, T (ANU Press, 2022)
    In this chapter, we trace processes and consequences associated with one man’s ventures into those new worlds, and the shifting motivations and mechanisms that framed his journey. Bob Resa has played a crucial role in brokering relationships between Febi and Kubo people from tributary watersheds of the upper Strickland River (Western Province) and others who, it seems, control access to the possible futures that those people now imagine for themselves.
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    "Adapt or Die": The funeral trade show as a site of institutional anxiety
    Van Ryn, L ; Nansen, B ; Gibbs, M ; Kohn, T ; Gibbs, M ; Nansen, B ; van Ryn, L (Routledge, 2019-06-11)
    Funeral directors shot themselves in the foot over cremation, and cemeteries got splattered with the blood.
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    Automating Digital Afterlives
    Fordyce, R ; Nansen, B ; Arnold, M ; Kohn, T ; Gibbs, M ; Jansson, A ; Adams, PC (Oxford University Press, 2021-08-26)
    The question of how the dead “live on” by maintaining a presence and connecting to the living within social networks has garnered the attention of users, entrepreneurs, platforms, and researchers alike. In this chapter we investigate the increasingly ambiguous terrain of posthumous connection and disconnection by focusing on a diverse set of practices implemented by users and offered by commercial services to plan for and manage social media communication, connection, and presence after life. Drawing on theories of self-presentation (Goffman) and technological forms of life (Lash), we argue that moderated and automated performances of posthumous digital presence cannot be understood as a continuation of personal identity or self-presentation. Rather, as forms of mediated human (after)life, posthumous social media presence materializes ambiguities of connection/disconnection and self/identity.
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    Ensuring Public Health Care and Tackling Growing Expenditures
    Bækkeskov, E ; Triantafillou, P (Emerald Publishing Limited, 2022-02-23)
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    Defense and Foreign Policy
    Lynch, TJ ; Baker, P ; Critchlow, DT (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2020-04-02)
    The history of American foreign and defense policy is framed by an enduring debate over the appropriate role of federal power in national politics. From the very beginning, parties formed around the role of the armed forces and how America should conduct its diplomacy. Competition between the branches of government, and the parties therein, over who should direct foreign and defense policy is central to their history. This chapter charts the contours of that competition, most notably between the president and Congress, and then considers the ideas that have driven these often overlapping public policies. It concludes by arguing that whilst this competition is basic to the history of the subject, continuity in foreign and defense policy is also an important part of the story.
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    Colonization Calls My Home a Disturbed Area: A Conversation
    Iralu, E ; Kikon, D ; Goldstein, A ; Trujillo, SV (Common Notions, 2022-01-01)
    Authoritarian political leaders and violent racist nationalism are a resurgent feature of the present historical conjuncture that will not be resolved by electoral politics or bipartisanship. The widespread support for Donald Trump in the United States, Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, Narendra Modi in India, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, and Viktor Orbán in Hungary, among others, is an expansive turn to counterrevolution and punitive governance in an era of escalating ecological crisis, political antagonism, and social uncertainty.1 Responding to the urgency of the current moment, For Antifascist Futures: Against the Violence of Imperial Crisis explores what the analytic of fascism offers for understanding the twenty-first century’s authoritarian convergence. The essays and interviews included in this collection build a critical conversation that centers the material and speculative labor of antifascist, antiracist, and anticolonial social movements and coalitions. These inquiries deliberately connect multiple world contexts to consider what fascism and antifascist movements might mean during the current moment or historically with relevance for the current moment
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    Ritual and Ritualism in a Contested Sea: Scalar Distortions of Space and Time
    Herzfeld, M ; Brightman, M ; Grotti, V (Springer International Publishing, 2021)
    The ground of mutual understanding between locals and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea emerges through the performance of ritual activities. These should be distinguished from the formalistic or incantatory sense of “ritualism.” They include the socially engaged practices of hospitality—a virtuous tradition that governments, even as they claim it for the nation-state, violate in local eyes by confining migrants to impersonal spaces and uncertain futures. Passages across the sea also partake of a pervasive sense of ritual, which thereby offers rich metaphorical material for considering the scalar shifts at play—shifts that entrain such conversions of social interaction into the asocial frameworks of neoliberal management (which in turn encourage aridly scientistic modes of inquiry) but conversely also domesticate cultural distance through a subtle apperception of shared habits of gesture and generosity, made accessible by the close vision of ethnography as described in these essays.
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    Labor standards in EU and US preferential trade agreements: mainstreaming the trade–labor linkage
    Postnikov, E ; Elliott, K (Edward Elgar, 2022)
    This chapter takes stock of the EU's and U.S.' distinct approaches to the inclusion of labor provisions in their preferential trade agreements (PTAs). It provides a historical overview of European and American attempts to link trade agreements with labor standards, examines the discrepancies and synergies between the two approaches, and points at the limited instances of their convergence. The chapter further assesses the implementation successes and failures of the two approaches, probing their effectiveness and identifying areas where room for improvement might exist. Finally, it charts out the latest developments in EU and U.S. trade policies regarding the inclusion of labor clauses in PTAs and global ramifications stemming from them. It shows that more than two decades of labor rights' incorporation into PTAs by the EU and the U.S. have led to the emergence of a global trade norm replicated in bilateral agreements pursued by other players across the globe.
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    Prosecuting and Partnering for Social Change: Law, Social Movements and Australia's Mandatory Detention for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
    Balint, J ; Sarat, A (Emerald Publishing Limited, 2019-06-10)
    This chapter discusses the use of law and legal institutions by the emerging social movement seeking to end Australia’s policy of mandatory detention for refugees and asylum seekers. Through an examination of Australian inquiries and court cases alongside social campaigns, it considers the ability of legal institutional responses to identify the harms, in particular state and institutional responsibility, and the subsequent impact of these legal processes in inhibiting and promoting social and structural change. It shows how social movements are harnessing law and creating new legal and civic spaces in which to contest Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker regime.