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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

shared Buddhist phenomena (items of comparison such as texts, deities and rituals) beyond the Theravāda family. Steven Collins’s (2016) collection, Readings of the Vessantara Jātaka, deals with this popular narrative of the penultimate human birth of

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Portrait

Eileen Barker

Linda Woodhead, James T. Richardson, Martyn Percy, Catherine Wessinger, and Eileen Barker

serves as a typical example of a late modernist meta-narrative. Without too much attention to ethnographic detail or exceptions to rules, the reader is offered a macro-theory of social life, which, although illuminating, leaves much to be desired. For

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Marla Frederick, Yunus Doğan Telliel, and Heather Mellquist Lehto

the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in the abolitionist movement to the work of black churches in the civil rights movement and ongoing battles for racial justice. With this triumphalist narrative of ‘the black church’, more conservative

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Military Violence in Its Own Right

The Microsocial Foundations of Physical Military Violence in Noncombat Situations

Nir Gazit and Eyal Ben-Ari

time, many Palestinians learn or acquire techniques of “actively” being victims, of situational management: appealing to the “good” soldier, providing narratives about being “sorry cases,” averting eye contact, or not talking back. To be clear, this is

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Around Abby Day’s Believing in Belonging

Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World

Christopher R. Cotter, Grace Davie, James A. Beckford, Saliha Chattoo, Mia Lövheim, Manuel A. Vásquez, and Abby Day

1978 ; Taylor 1978 ), martyrdom claims, narratives of personal change in prison, or the doorstep sermons of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Such accounts may even have the kind of experimental character that Roger Straus (1976) detected among would

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

nearly completed. Hoping to learn more about Dewa’s temple project, I went to visit Dorjé, an artist/businessman, one of the beneficiaries of a local boom in religious art production. I was intrigued by his account. Rather than a straightforward narrative

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Made in Nigeria

Duress and Upwardly Mobile Youth in the Biography of a Young Entrepreneur in Enugu

Inge Ligtvoet

transitions gone through (often unconsciously). Not every biography follows the structure so often emphasized by researchers who conduct biographical narratives or life history interviews ( Rosenthal 2004 ). The lives of people in duress do not conform to a

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Staying out of Place

The Being and Becoming of Burundian Refugees in the Camp and the City

Simon Turner

collective narratives about a lost past and a desirable future worth fighting for. The camp is at once a pure exception from the national order of things—a prime example of Agamben’s “permanent exception” where bare life exists (but does not live) as bios

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A Phone without Names

Distrust and Duress in Côte d’Ivoire

Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa

form of duress. For this article, I asked Uncle Yoro what happened at the checkpoint and why he stopped saving names in his phone. The main narrative in research on trust in violent conflict says that trust in the social sphere is reduced to

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Understanding Experiences and Decisions in Situations of Enduring Hardship in Africa

Mirjam de Bruijn and Jonna Both

violence in Moyen-Congo (nowadays Congo-Brazzaville). The author shows how a process of violence and repression almost coerces people to take up a specific political position. The colonial state is an obvious repressive actor in this narrative