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Rheumatic Irony

Questions of Agency and Self-deception as Refracted through the Art of Living with Spirits

Michael Lambek

The story of a young man from the Western Indian Ocean island of Mayotte who was prevented from a career in the French army by an illness sent by a spirit who possesses his mother inspires reflection on the nature of agency. I suggest that spirit possession and the ill- nesses it produces are intrinsically ironic. The prevalence of irony implies not that we should disregard agency but that perhaps we should not take it too literally.

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Félix Germain

: Les relations sociales entre enfants de différentes couleurs à l’école (Paris: Anthropos, 1979). 30 For an analysis of Fanon’s critique of Mayotte Capécia’s novel, Je suis martiniquaise , see Christiane Makward, Mayotte Capécia ou l’aliénation selon

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Everyday Diplomacy

Introduction to Special Issue

Magnus Marsden, Diana Ibañez-Tirado, and David Henig

. In the field of religion, for instance, Michael Lambek (1990) has analysed the ways in which Muslim religious authorities on the island of Mayotte must implement Islamic scriptural teachings of a Muslim society, yet always in a manner that does not

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Laura Levine Frader, Ian Merkel, Jessica Lynne Pearson, and Caroline Séquin

Admiral Robert; the novelist Mayotte Capécia who would later be excoriated by Frantz Fanon; and the intra-Caribbean resistance and migrations of people of color during the 1940s, especially to Dominica. Chapters 6 and 7 analyze the intellectual exchange

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Ritual Infrastructure

Roads to Certainty in Two Brazilian Religions

Inger Sjørslev

very important, but it lies outside the scope of the present analysis to deal with it further. See also Holbraad 2012b . 4 This is along the same lines as Michael Lambek’s discussion in regard to the Mayotte who chokes on the Quran. The Truth of the