Category Archives: milieu

Special issue: Theorising measures, rankings and metrics

Now out at: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/ssi/current Featuring : Measurements and their limits – Editorial David Jaclin, Peter Wagner Umwelt-measures. On extensive and intensive measures: Introduction to the special issue ‘Theorising measures, rankings and metrics’ Andrea Mubi Brighenti Ethical dimensions of quantification Wendy Espeland, Vincent Yung Commensuration, compromises and critical capacities: Wage determination in collective firms Nina Pohler […]

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Urban Phases: Crystallisation

  An analysis of the city through its crystallising processes is here proposed. Because crystallisation involves phase transition, a review of the latter, as well of the notion of phase in its relation to order, is first submitted. Then the question is posed: Can we suggest that cities have phases? What would it imply to […]

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Tasting Wine Making Territories

NOW OUT in TASTE • Law and the Senses book series (Eds. Andrea Pavoni, Danilo Mandic, Caterina Nirta, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos). London: University of Westminster Press. Available in Open Access – https://www.uwestminsterpress.co.uk/site/books/10.16997/book21/ PDF Version

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Atmospheres of retail and the asceticism of civilized consumption (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Nout out in Geographica Helvetica – https://www.geogr-helv.net/73/203/2018/

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The Vegetative City

OUT NOW in CULTURE, THEORY AND CRITIQUE The vegetative stratum is a layer of existence that is inherent not only in plants. Here, I propose to look at how vegetative life – or, the vegetative mode of existence – affects cities. The vegetative mode of existence is not focused on activities, routines, achievements. Here appears […]

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The social life of measures

Now published in Theory, Culture & Society 35(1) http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/tcsa/35/1 Abstract Issues of measure and measurement, and their relation to value and values, are of concern in several major threads in contemporary social theory and social research. In this paper, the notion of ‘measure-value environments’ is introduced as a theoretical lens through which the life of […]

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Domestic Territories and the Little Humans (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Understanding the Animation of Domesticity Now Published in Space & Culture   Abstract. Domesticity is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon. In this piece, we approach it from the point of view of a general theory of territories. To do so, we attempt to tackle simultaneously the ecological and spiritual dimensions of home by attending the expressive […]

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Climbing the City. Inhabiting Verticality Outside of Comfort Bubbles (with Andrea Pavoni)

NOW PUBLISHED in Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability   Abstract. Over the last couple of decades, urban sports have been studied – as well as, in many cases, celebrated – as critical forms of using urban space. Urban climbing, a practice also known as ‘street bouldering’, ‘buildering’, ‘structuring’, and ‘stegophilia’, […]

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City of Unpleasant Feelings – Stress, Comfort and Animosity in Urban Life (with Andrea Pavoni)

Now out in Social & Cultural Geography Abstract. The image of the city as a stressful place is an evergreen topic. In this article we review the imagination of urban stress, starting from Simmel’s classic thesis that the modern city is an unavoidably psychic-stimulating environment potentially leading to stimuli overload. City dwellers are then supposed […]

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Camouflage, or, the Temptation of Relationship

Published in membrana 1/16 – Magazine of Photography Brighenti_2016_camouflage,_or

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Remarks for a Territoriology of Wine Tasting

Published in Non Liquet [The Westminster Online Working Papers] – Law and the Senses Series – No.1, Taste https://nonliquetlaw.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/law-and-the-senses-series-taste/ Brighenti-wine-tasting (pdf excerpt version)

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Le dormienti

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Review of Augustin Berque’s Milieu et identité humaine. Notes pour un dépassement de la modernité

(Still from Yasujirō Ozu’s 1953 movie Tokyo Story) Available at : http://www.spaceandculture.org/2011/05/26/book-review-milieu-and-human-identity-notes-towards-a-surpassing-of-modernity/

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