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By Daniel Miller,Sophie Woodward

This clean and obtainable ethnography deals a brand new imaginative and prescient of ways society may perhaps cohere, within the face of on-going international displacement, dislocation, and migration. Drawing from in depth fieldwork in a hugely assorted North London local, Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward specialise in a regular item—blue jeans—to examine what one uncomplicated article of garments can let us know approximately our person and social lives and demanding, via extension, the foundational anthropological presumption of "the normative." Miller and Woodward argue that blue denims don't consistently characterize social and cultural distinction, from gender and wealth, to type and condition. as an alternative they locate that denims enable contributors to inhabit what the authors time period "the ordinary." Miller and Woodward display that the emphasis on changing into usual is necessary for immigrants and the inhabitants of North London extra normally, and so they name into query foundational ideas at the back of anthropology, sociology and philosophy.

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