Sensing the Everyday: Dialogues from Austerity Greece

1st Edition

C. Nadia Seremetakis

March 27, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 32 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367187767 - CAT# K416919
Series: Theorizing Ethnography

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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 more. 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 to 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.


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