Everyday Narratives From Ordinary People From The City Of Suleimani, Kurdistan

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Everyday narratives: Living in uncertainty in Suleimani

This chapter focuses on ethnographic vignettes from ordinary people from the city of Suleimani, Kurdistan. I specifically analyse narratives highlighting living under uncertainty, as part of the bigger theme of everyday politicizing narratives addressed in my thesis. The everyday narratives have resulted from intermittent fieldwork conducted in 2015 and 2016, supplemented by previous reflections and encounters from 2011 in the city of Suleimani. This section provides everyday ethnographic narratives weaved together with ethnographic literature on the everyday and precarious living in other areas around the world to enrich the analysis. For ethnography of the everyday I draw from Veena Da’s work focusing on ordinary everyday narratives and the eventfulness of the everyday, in her work on New-Delhi (Das 2007:6-8) In her monograph, Life and words, regarding attentiveness to the everyday and the ethnographer’s task, Das illustrates,

“… I am suggesting that self-creation on the register of the everyday is a careful putting together of life—a concrete engagement with the tasks of remaking that is mindful of both terms of the composed expression: everyday and life. It points to the eventfulness of the everyday and attempt to forge oneself into an ethical subject within this scene of the ordinary”(Das, 2007: 218).

Ethnographic vignettes of Bapir, Mina and Frishta presented in this chapter highlight a repeated history of…

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