Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society <p><em>Suomen Antropologi – Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society</em> is a peer-reviewed publication which accepts scholarly articles, review articles, research reports, critical essays, conference reports, book reviews, and news and information in the field of anthropology and related studies.</p> The Finnish Anthropological Society en-US Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 0355-3930 <p>Copyright for texts published in <em>Suomen Antropologi</em> is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, texts are free to use, with proper attribution and link to the licensing, in educational, commercial, and non-commercial settings.</p> Editor’s note Matti Eräsaari ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 1 3 ‘This Place Has Potential’: Trash, Culture, and Urban Regeneration in Tallinn, Estonia <div class="page" title="Page 4"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The article analyses the use of cultural programmes and trash as tools for urban speculation in tallinn, Estonia, naturalising an urban strategy that entails extensive spatial revaluation and socioeconomic intervention. Through an anthropological perspective focused on concepts of potential and trash, the analysis shows how the central-north shoreline was mobilised discursively as a wasteland and a zone of unrealised potential to justify capitalist development of the area. The way it was framed, both moving towards completion and as a playground for cultural activities and young people, increased the value and accessibility of the area, but also allowed real estate developers to exploit the synergies generated and make profit from the revaluated plots. Tropes of potential and trash appear thus as discursive tools for urban regeneration, co-related with a formal allocation of resources and official permits. As the case study shows, when an area is classed as having ‘potential’, it becomes defined by the fulfilment of that restrictive conceptualisation, which allows the economy to dictate urban planning and also cultural policy.</p> </div> </div> </div> Francisco Martínez ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 4 22 Seeing Past the Liberal Legal Subject <p>The idea of liberal subjectivity prevalent in Western legal traditions assumes a highly autonomous and context-free agent. This assumption of categorical individual agency, I argue, is also in the background of debates on female vulnerability/autonomy relating to multiculturalism, feminism and more precisely, to <em>cultural defence</em>. The notion of agency appears dichotomous when it is discussed in relation to women and culture: the two roles available for women in these discussions are those of either victims or agents. By introducing a case from a Finnish District Court, I will challenge this simplified view of female vulnerability/autonomy and look for a more nuanced way of understanding a legal subject’s agency. In this endeavour, I will build on Martha Fineman’s thoughts on the <em>vulnerable subject </em>on one hand, and Ilana Gershon’s notions on the usefulness of so-called <em>anthropological imagination</em> in studying human agency, on the other.</p> Taina Cooke ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 23 40 Urban Hitchhiking: Wandering with Others as a Research Method <p>This essay introduces urban hitchhiking, a reflective practice of sharing<br>a walk with strangers, and considers its relevance for research and artistic<br>practice. Drawing from ethnography, psychogeography and performance<br>studies, we frame urban hitchhiking as a score that has ethnographic<br>potential akin to the ethnographic installation (Hartblay 2017) for exploring<br>the complex relationships between people and cityscapes. We demonstrate<br>this with the help of our own accounts of Urban Hitchhiking as two artists<br>who developed the concept and a researcher who practiced it. The essay<br>summarises four perspectives that emerged from our findings: spatiality,<br>performativity, gender, and hospitality. It concludes that the key value of<br>urban hitchhiking lies in its potential to create a setting that we define as an<br>empathetic drift, which turns random encounters into shared acts of trust<br>through which a variety of anthropological questions can be explored.</p> Tuuli Malla Anna Kholina Lauri Jäntti ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 41 51 A Fledging Invitation to Discovery Eeva Berglund ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 52 54 Playing with Encounter David Jeevendrampillai ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 55 57 The Hitchhiker as Bricoleur Anthropologist Michael O’Regan ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 58 60 Walking Bodies of Hitchhikers Tauri Tuvikene ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 61 62 hitchBOT: The Risks and Rewards of a Hitchhiking Robot David Harris Smith Frauke Zeller ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-25 2018-02-25 42 3 63 65 I Know Where You Hitched Last Summer Patrick Laviolette ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-02-21 2018-02-21 42 3 66 68