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How to Resist Policing: The Practical Meanings of Towel Masks for Student Protesters in Late 1960s Japan

Masks have long been a symbol of resistance movements around the world, especially in East Asia. As early as the 1960s, protestors in Japan began wearing masks during their demonstrations. Masks became a part of the uniform of the late 1960s protesters for causes such as the Vietnam War, the university system, and the evictions for Narita Airport.

It is …

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Intersections of Political Power, Religion, and Public Health in Africa: Covid-19, Tanzanian President Magufuli, and Nigerian Prophet T. B. Joshua

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This is the final piece in the Contested Truths series, which has been edited by Jia Hui Lee, Laura A. Meek, and Jacob Katumusiime Mwine-Kyarimpa. This series analyzes the manufacturing, circulation, and interpretation of contested truths over Covid-19 in Africa, including the ways in which official, institutional, and/or scientific facts and recommendations about COVID-19 are challenged, ignored, or subverted

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Beyond Care and Corruption: A Time of Lost Gods x Rituals of Care

Emily Ng’s A Time of Lost Gods: Mediumship, Madness, and the Ghost after Mao (University of California Press 2020) is like a fine wine—complex, compelling, and exquisitely crafted. While I can only savor a few of its offerings in this short review, I hope to entice a proper read. And following the provocation for this forum, I will try to …

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Book Forum: Therapeutic Politics of Care in Asia

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The six review essays in this collection emerge from a joint launch of five books and one dissertation/ book-in-progress and a panel at the recent annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. In these meetings, each author provided a reading of another’s text, then revisited their own work in light of the resonances and dissonances that arose.  

Addressing lab-based …

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The (Anti?)Politics of American Psy

To what extent—and in what ways—is psychotherapeutic work on the “self” necessarily a political project? If it is political, is it an inherently neoliberal endeavor? What are the ultimate aims of this focus on the self? Are psy practices functionally conservative, inducing people to adjust to existing circumstances? Or are they potentially liberatory, facilitating radical transformation of self and society? …

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Mourning while fighting for justice: The first months of the NOI DENUNCEREMO association, Bergamo, Italy

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This post was co-authored by members of CoMeSCov program who contributed to the development of research questions, data collection tools and data analysis: Firmin Kra, Francesca Mininel, Fleur Beauvieux, Carlotta Magnani , Sandrine Musso . (See bios below for affiliations).

The authors are researchers in the collective CoMeSCov research program: Containment and Health Measures to Limit Covid-19 Transmission: Social Experiences

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