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The Egalitarian King?

Abdullah Öcalan and His Evolving Role in the Kurdish Freedom Movement

Axel Rudi

miles away, is celebrated as the driving force in the victory over ISIS in a self-declared egalitarian movement, and why is the credit for the triumph dedicated to him? How is it that Abdullah Öcalan became the international leader of the Kurdish

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Crypto-Egalitarian Life

Ideational and Materialist Approaches to Bitcoin

Matan Shapiro

research in a Bitcoin social club in Tel Aviv, I use the theoretical lens of egalitarian life to contemplate on the processual rather than binary nature of these two forms of practice. I argue that traders and maximalists engage in complementary rather than

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An Introduction to Egalitarian Thought and Dynamics

Knut Rio, Bruce Kapferer, and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

The articles in this special issue address contemporary egalitarian or egalitarianizing dynamics, in other words, practices that explicitly attempt to challenge and overcome socio-economic and political circumstances that place constraints and

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Labor System Experimentation in Egalitarian Intentional Communities

Mari Hanssen Korsbrekke

In rural Virginia in the United States, a hub of interconnected ‘intentional communities’ (ICs) is making great strides toward egalitarian experimentations. While they come in many forms, shapes, and sizes, ICs are commonly designed around

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Egalitarianism and Community in danish housing Cooperatives

Proper Forms of Sharing and Being Together

Maja Hojer Bruun

The Danish concept of faellesskab (community) is explored in this article. Faellesskab covers different kinds of belonging and notions of proper togetherness in Danish society, ranging from neighborhood relations at the local level to membership in society at the national level. In investigating the ideals and practices of faellesskab in housing cooperatives, the article shows how people establish connections between these different scales of sociality. It argues that the way people live together in housing cooperatives, in a close atmosphere of egalitarian togetherness, is a cultural ideal in modern Denmark. The more recent commercialization of cooperative property has, however, caused concern. While some believe that faellesskab can still be practiced in the small enclaves of autonomous cooperatives, others fear that this ideal is threatened by economic inequalities.

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Egalitarian Lives and Violence

Community Policing in Mozambique

Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

hand, and aspirations for a more ‘egalitarian life’ on the other. Let me comment first on state ordering and then on the notion of egalitarian life. Das and Poole (2004: 5) have argued that much anthropological analysis of state ordering is often

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Fracking and Democracy in the United Kingdom

The Dark Side of Egalitarianism

Anna Szolucha

egalitarian impulses that are simultaneously imbued with grand ideals of equality and justice and driven by bitter experiences of hostility and wrong. Wherever I went, the extent of social, political, and personal transformation that shale gas exploration and

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Pentecostalism and Egalitarianism in Melanesia

A Reconsideration of the Pentecostal Gender Paradox

Annelin Eriksen

societies have often been understood and discussed as almost the prototypical egalitarian society (see, e.g., Lepowsky 1990 ). However, the understanding of what egalitarianism is has often been based on ideas of economic distribution or political systems

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Liberal Egalitarianism

Daryl Glaser

This article suggests ways of demarcating a liberal-egalitarian family of conceptions within political philosophy. It seeks to accommodate diverse conceptions while nevertheless demarcating liberal egalitarianism in a way that is coherent, distinctive and attractive. Liberal egalitarianism (the article argues) is about the simultaneous strong defence of individual liberty and substantive equality. But because there are real tensions and sometimes contradictions between certain liberties and substantive equalities, liberal egalitarianism is also necessarily a set of theories about how to address these. Liberal egalitarians differ in their accounts of equality and in their proposals for addressing liberty-equality tensions. Even so, I argue, any attractive and distinctively liberal-egalitarian resolution of these tensions must require a strong but morally individualist account of substantive equality, protection of political and civil liberties from trade-offs with equality or welfare, weak protection of property rights and respect for a proceduralist-democratic minimum.

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The Swiss Paradox

Egalitarianism and Hierarchy in a Model Democracy

Marina Gold

processes (with hierarchical tendencies) undermine local democracy, Swiss cantonal political structures ensure the egalitarian representation of people's local needs. However, many fear that this tendency has been altered due to increasing