P004
A challenge of street anthropology

Convenors:
Yasumasa Sekine (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Location:
102a
Start time:
16 May, 2014 at 17:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Our major aim in this panel is to explore "street phenomena" observed both in the underclass and defeated localities, and to provide ethnographic knowledge with which street-wisdom gets evolved as a resource of tactics for facilitating a survival in the contemporary world.

Long abstract:

The spread of global capitalism associated with neoliberalism has seen the rise of "societies of control", that is, "dual societies" which show a huge gap between the dominant class society and the underclass one. The "underclass" people live barely on or nearby the street, a world of no guarantees, and are very ironically regarded as the avant-garde of the radically changing contemporary society. On the other hand, even those belonging to the mainstream of the home-oriented society are presently afraid of losing their stable position. So it may be noted that there may be a need for everyone to look for the street-wisdom accumulated by the bottom people living on or nearby the street. When we apply this schema to the understanding of locality in the present society, we could visualize the locality of activities and incidents in the marginalized regions, thereby indicating in a broader sense, 'street phenomena'. Since global cities as they grow unprecedentedly tend to exploit their hinterlands extensively, localities on their peripheries are forced to struggle to survive. Our major aim in this panel is to explore this "street phenomena" observed both in the underclass and defeated localities, and to provide ethnographic knowledge with which street-wisdom gets evolved as a resource of tactics for facilitating a survival in the contemporary world.