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Leyla Neyzi, Nida Alahmad, Nina Gren, Martha Lagace, Chelsey Ancliffe, and Susanne Bregnbæk

urban spaces of the organizations that bring disabled veterans together, creating an activist movement. His ethnographic anecdotes bring to life the everyday camaraderie and humor characteristic of groups of disabled veterans. While the title of gazi

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Alena Minchenia

aimed, as he often repeated, “to enlarge the space of freedom” (field notes, fall 2015). Regular protest actions were in clear contrast with the period after 2010 when activities of political activists and groups were mostly suppressed. 2 However, as

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Doing Ritual While Thinking about It?

Emma Gobin

readings of this text. NOTES 1 While space does not allow for an exhaustive overview, synthetic surveys can be found in Babcock (1987) , Højbjerg (2002b) , Nijhawan (2006) , Rozenberg (2011) , and Stausberg (2006) . 2 This focus on critical reflexivity

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Seeking Recognition, Becoming Citizens

Achievements and Grievances among Former Combatants from Three Wars

Johanna Söderström

–521 ; Tajfel 1974 ). A central aspect of constructing an identity is about seeking recognition from others, which in turn is intrinsically linked to seeking space and voice in a polity (see, e.g., Hobson et al. 2007: 444 ). Yet current literature has not paid

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Liberation Autochthony

Namibian Veteran Politics and African Citizenship Claims

Lalli Metsola

within the national space, the Namibian case rather demonstrates the coexistence—and tension—of the legal concept of universal national citizenship with a pervasive ideology of national belonging that is able to fill this empty signifier ( Laclau 2005

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Sheikhs and the City

Urban Paths of Contention in Sidon, Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

Politics 15 ( 1 ): 1 – 23 . 10.1080/13629391003644611 Knudsen , Are John . 2011 . “ Nahr el-Bared: The Political Fall-Out of a Refugee Disaster .” In Palestinian Refugees: Identity, Space and Place in the Levant , ed. Are John Knudsen and

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Philippine Prison Marriages

The Politics of Kinship and Women's Composite Agency

Sif Lehman Jensen

women's answers as to why they had married them. As Sara elaborated, “You feel pity for him. More than 10 years [in prison], imagine?! In that corner of a shell [referring to the very limited space inside the prison cell] … I don't do [anything]; I just

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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

. NOTES 1 While space does not permit to provide an overview of the doctrinal, institutional, or other differences between these major groupings ( Gellner 1990: 95–98 ), it should be emphasized that the validity of several of the above designations has

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Contested Narratives of Storied Places—the Holy Lands

Jackie Feldman

The articles in this special section on pilgrimage and the Holy Lands provide a wide range of perspectives on the practice, representation, and production of sacred space as expressions of knowledge and power. The experience of space of the pilgrim and the politically committed tourist is characterized by distance, impermanence, desire, contestation, and the entwinement of the material and the spiritual. The wealth of historical Christian and Western narratives/images of the Holy Land, the short duration of pilgrimage, the encounter with otherness, the entextualization of sites, and the semiotic nature of tourism all open a gap between the perceptions of pilgrims and those of 'natives'. Although the intertwining of symbolic condensation, legitimation, and power makes these Holy Land sites extremely volatile, many pilgrimages sidestep confrontation with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as inimical to the spirit of pilgrimage. A comparative view of the practices of contemporary Holy Land pilgrims demonstrates how communitas and conflict, openness and isolation are constantly being negotiated.