Researchers in this cluster are centrally concerned with making visible the ways that culture not only is framed by but also shapes, constrains, inspires, and otherwise motivates individual, social and political actionThe researchers highlight the importance of qualitative methods for understanding the everyday complexities of life in a broad range of geographical locations and they raise questions about the appropriateness of policy reforms that do not adequately engage with cultural diversity. More specifically, researchers in this cluster consider:

  • Projects of identity and self-making
  • Practices of the body and senses
  • Cultures of work, and at work, in late capitalist modernity
  • Cross-cultural translation and the negotiation of cultural difference
  • Changes in cultural practices as they move across national borders
  • Mobility and motility
  • Legacies of cultural destruction, appropriation, and imperialism
  • Social, economic and environmental relations within global commodity chains
  • Cultural knowledge and practice in relation to the global ecological crisis
  • The deployment of cultural representations as part of political projects