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By Daniel Miller

This clean and obtainable ethnography bargains a brand new imaginative and prescient of the way society could cohere, within the face of on-going worldwide displacement, dislocation, and migration. Drawing from extensive fieldwork in a hugely assorted North London local, Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward concentrate on a daily item—blue jeans—to research what one uncomplicated article of garments can let us know approximately our person and social lives and tough, by way of extension, the foundational anthropological presumption of “the normative.” Miller and Woodward argue that blue denims don't continuously signify social and cultural distinction, from gender and wealth, to kind and situation. in its place they locate that denims enable members to inhabit what the authors time period “the ordinary.” Miller and Woodward exhibit that the emphasis on changing into usual is critical for immigrants and the inhabitants of North London extra mostly, and so they name into query foundational rules at the back of anthropology, sociology and philosophy.

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