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By Donald M. Nonini

A better half to city Anthropology offers a set of unique essays from foreign students on key matters in city anthropology and broader cross-disciplinary city stories. * positive aspects newly commissioned essays from 35 major overseas students in city and international stories * comprises essays in vintage parts of shock to city anthropologists equivalent to equipped constructions and concrete making plans, group, defense, markets, and race * Covers emergent parts within the box together with: 21st-century towns borders, citizenship, sustainability, and concrete sexualities, nature, extralegality, and resilience and sustainability.

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Eric Wolf (1982) laid the theoretical groundwork in his landmark history of how the movement of capital and labor has transformed global relations since the 1400s, dispelling the myth that globalization is a recent phenomenon. However, while Wolf’s approach to the issue of global connections is seminal, it deals primarily with issues of power and its allocation, and only indirectly with the spaces of daily life. It is much later, through the detailed ethnographies of the rhythms of daily life in transnational migrant communities, that a sense of transnational urban space emerges.

R. (1982) Europe and the People Without History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. CHAPTER 2 Flows Gary W. McDonogh Flows mean movement. The word’s earliest English-language characterization refers to streaming water, an image that still underpins its expansive conceptual uses in sciences, humanities, and social sciences. As such, “flow” constitutes a fundamental generative metaphor that speaks to contemporary urban anthropological concerns with human mobility, exchanges of information, capital and goods, and systematic circulation within cities as well as the connections among cities.

Over time, through new global products – sweet tea, chocolate, Coca-Cola, and others – sugar entered the circulation of the body, turning diabetes and obesity into widespread concerns. The sheer flow of a single agricultural commodity thus has transformed cities as nodes for flows of capital, people, imperial power, and calories over centuries. As a result, empires, states, and fortunes have risen and crashed over time. As with the double-edged implications of sugar, flows may also endanger cities as social phenomena evident in epidemics worldwide from the medieval bubonic plague to the contagions that decimated contact populations in the New World to AIDS, Ebola, and avian flu more recently.

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