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Not on the Beach, or Death in Bondi?

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Sydney’s Bondi Beach in January 2012. Photo: Alex Proimos

As sometimes happens in Sydney in late March, toward the end of summer, that particular Friday was brilliantly hot and sunny, drawing crowds to the eastern beaches, especially Bondi. An exceptionally large stretch of sand, an outspread stage in a natural amphitheater, popular with backpackers and other foreign visitors, the beach …

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Beach

Beaches are good places to think with about waste and ruination. They were once generically places of waste (in the etymological sense of “unoccupied, uncultivated”) while recognized as actants in processes of ruination—including erosion that produced their defining shingle and sand, the death and decay of what washes up on them, and the shipwrecks they induced. In the industrializing world …

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Medical anthropology weekly: COVID-19 – Issue 2

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May 5 -12, 2020

“Medical anthropology weekly: COVID-19” is a weekly compilation of COVID-19-related materials across text, audio, and video formats focused on medical anthropology and neighboring disciplines. The project is a collaboration between Society for Medical Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Somatosphere. Each is cross-posted on all three websites and distributed over multiple channels. 

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Clean in Times of Covid-19: on Hygiene and Pollution

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As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, air pollution and greenhouse emissions decrease, or so news reports say. The satellite images of China in lockdown provided a first striking example. In response to this, one Dutch newspaper even proclaimed ‘a winner’ in the coronavirus pandemic, namely ‘the environment’. But that is a bit too hasty. Not only are (as environmental experts warn) …

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“Stay the fuck at home”

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On April 5thNHS Million, an unofficial campaign for people who “love and cherish” the UK’s National Health Service, tweeted a video of a distressed nurse recording a message in her car. The tweet was aimed, NHS Million said, at those who were “ignoring the rules,” so that they would understand “the reality of the situation.” The rules …

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COVID-19 and its Impact on the Roma Community: The Case of Spain

On the days after the 6th March, at the very start of the epidemic in Spain, the press reported one of the first large foci of COVID-19 in Haro in the north and also the deployment of the militarised Civil Guard[i] to the town. It was stated that these ‘exceptional measures’ were necessary because of ‘concern that the isolated …