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Sensing the Everyday

Dialogues from Austerity Greece, 1st Edition

By C. Nadia Seremetakis


252 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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Sensing the Everyday is a multi-sited ethnographic inquiry based on fieldwork experiences and sharp everyday observations in the era of crisis. Blending sophisticated theoretical analyses with original ethnographic data, C. Nadia Seremetakis journeys from Greece to Vienna, Edinburgh, Albania, Ireland, and beyond. Social crisis is seen through its transnational multiplication of borders, thresholds and margins, divisions, and localities as linguistic, bodily, sensory, and performative sites of the quotidian in process. The book proposes everyday life not as a sanctuary or as a recessed zone distanced from the structural violence of the state and the market, but as a condition of im/possibility, unable to be lived as such, yet still an encapsulating habitus. There the impossibility of the quotidian is concretized as fragmentary and fragmenting material forces. Seremetakis weaves together topics as diverse as borders and bodies, history and death, the earth and the senses, language and affect, violence and public culture, the sociality of dreaming, and the spatialization of the traumatic, in a journey through antiphonic witnessing and memory. Her montage explores various ways of juxtaposing reality with the irreal and the imaginal to expose the fictioning of social reality. The book locates her approach to ethnography and the ‘native ethnographer’ in wider anthropological and philosophical debates, and proposes a dialogical interfacing of theory and practice, the translation of academic knowledge to public knowledge

Table of Contents

Part I: Interfaces

1. On Bord/On Boarder

2. Dialogue/ The Dialogical

Part II: Death Drives in the City

3. Theatrocracy and Memory in Austerity Times

4. Modern Cities of Silence: Disasters, Nature, and the Petrified

5. Wounded Borders: The Arrival of the "Barbarians"

6. Eros and Thanatos in Transnational Europe

Part III: Senses Revisited

7. Touch and Taste

8. Border Echoes

Part IV: Sensing the Invisible

9. Divination, Media and the Networked Body of Modernity

10. A Last Word on Dreaming

Part V: Borders of Translatability

11. On "Native" Ethnography in Modernity

12. Ethnopoetic Dialogues: Performing Local History

13. Performing Intercultural Translation

Part VI: The Violence of the Lettered

14. By Way of an Epilogue: Events of Deadly Rumor

About the Author

C. Nadia Seremetakis is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of the Peloponnese, Greece. She has authored several acclaimed books and articles in English and Greek, including poetry, and has been actively engaged in public anthropology in both Europe and the USA, where she lived and taught for more than two decades.

About the Series

Theorizing Ethnography

Concept, Context, Critique

The Theorizing Ethnography book series seeks to reorient ethnographic engagements across disciplines, methods and ways of knowing. By focusing on ethnography as a point of tension between abstract thinking and situated life-worlds, the series promotes ethnographic method and writing as an analytical form that is always partial, open-ended and epistemologically querying.

Theorizing Ethnography employs 'concept', 'context' and 'critique' as devices to stimulate creative ethnographic thinking that transects lines of analysis and location. We publish work that reaches beyond academic, political and life-world divisions, and as such the series fosters contributions from across socially and critically engaged fields of practice. We welcome proposals for single-authored and multi-authored full-length monographs, as well as high quality edited volumes of disciplinary and trans-disciplinary resonance.

Possible themes include:
• The politics of knowledge, cultures of classification and borders of being
• Traffic in situated forms of knowledge and meta-theory
• Nature-cultures, emergent ecologies, and interspecies thinking
• Subjectivities, desires, and aspirations
• Materiality, infrastructures, futures
• Relations, sedimentation, emergence
• Queer, feminist, decolonial and otherwise critical ethnographies


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General