Alexandru Balasescu

Alexandru Balasescu
Simon Fraser University · Urban Studies Program

Doctor of Philosophy

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May 2017 - present
Clinical and System Transformation, BC
Position
  • Evaluation Specialist, Senior Learning Specialist
January 2016 - present
Simon Fraser University
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  • Professor (Associate)
August 2015 - December 2015
Simon Fraser University
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  • teaching

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Publications (25)
Research Proposal
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The idea of material culture was present from the inception of social sciences as a way to somehow mark the distinction between what people do, what people believe, what they say they do and believe, and what people have. Various instances of this effort to circumscribe materiality are revived in a ritual way, either as a generator of new theoretic...
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Why do financial crises appear unprecedented in spite of being a rather regular occurrence across countries and time? There are many answers from various schools of finance and economics, including Minsky’s financial instability hypothesis in which systemic stability endogenously results in instability. We explore the inclusion of observed human be...
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Why do financial crises appear unprecedented in spite of being a rather regular occurrence across countries and time? There are many answers from various schools of finance and economics, including Minsky's financial instability hypothesis in which systemic stability endogenously results in instability. We explore the inclusion of observed human be...
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The looming oil crisis, pollution, and climate change have pushed governments, corporations, and individuals to think of new policies, new objects/products and new manners to market them – usually under the label of “green economy” (or the shifting towards a sustainable economy). The changes that are on the way as a result of the envisaged “green...
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Why do financial crises appear unprecedented in spite of being a rather regular occurrence across countries and time? There are many answers from various schools of finance and economics, including Minsky’s financial instability hypothesis in which systemic stability endogenously results in instability. We explore the inclusion of observed human be...
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This material explores the multiple potentialities opened by the electric vehicle and the forms of resistance to it as, arguably, any new product is a cultural redefinition. It claims that the change in the form of combustion of the fetish object of mobility will most probably bring changes both in human subjectivities and in their relations with c...
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While we are preparing for an urban age with a population that will exceed 60 percent of the world's total, sustainability is the buzzword now in urban studies. It has become the goal of urban planners, city designers, administrators, economists, and anthropologists involved in the process of urbanization. Alexandru Balasescu goes further to argue...
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Alexandru Balasescu proposes ways to counter the current economic crisis in a small community in Bucharest, Romania. Drawing on the experience of various actors in ‘La Bomba’ he suggests that a collaboration of NGOs, Big Businesses, Government and Universities may transform the social fabric into a more economically prosperous one. He exposes the m...
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This article sketches a map of the formation of taste in Iran and the circulation of desire across class and geographic borders. Focusing on haute couture production in Tehran, it focuses on the careers of two designers. Discussing their sources of inspiration and the expectations of their clients, it illustrates different understandings of fashion...
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This article explores the relationship between aspects of copyright law (as understood in France), copying as a practice employed or condemned by fashion designers (sometimes both at the same time), and the meaning that 'authorship' has for the political economy of fashion production. The empirical substance is the result of 18 months of research i...
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The veil as an item of dress is one of the most debated, most contested, and maybe least understood of body adornments, although indeed there is no final understanding of any “object.” These characteristics make it an ideal subject of anthropological inquiry. This article focuses on the intersection of women's veiling as a practice associated stere...

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I am interested in ehtnographic approaches on stock and bonds trade, but also similar trading practices. 

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