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Kim Knibbe, Brenda Bartelink, Jelle Wiering, Karin B. Neutel, Marian Burchardt, and Joan Wallach Scott

Colonialism and Race . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . 10.1215/9780822374565 Bochow , Astrid , and Rijk van Dijk . 2012 . “ Christian Creations of New Spaces of Sexuality, Reproduction, and Relationships in Africa: Exploring Faith and Religious

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Eliza Guyol-Meinrath Echeverry

set the conditions for development-related violence to occur. However, the transnational structures within which corporate development-related violence is produced are incredibly complex, spanning time and space. They are seated within economic, social

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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.

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Ellen Badone

The articles in this special section focus on diverse groups of pilgrims, with each group expressing a different perspective on the Holy Land. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to state that each of these groups, together with their guides, constructs a different Holy Land, resulting in multiple Holy Lands. What exactly is it that makes a land holy? I suggest that we view religion as a social and individual endeavor to interpret experience in ways that are perceived to be meaningful, and as an effort to overcome the isolation of the self through connections with persons, values, and communities that are perceived to elevate, empower, and transcend the individual. From this perspective, places—lands—become holy through their associations with such overarching ‘imagined communities’ (Anderson 1983). Conflict has the potential to arise when the same geographic space is symbolically central for more than one such community. The articles in this section evoke the contestation of meanings as Christians—both Catholic and Protestant—as well as Jews and Muslims visit and dwell within the same territorial space, considered by all, for different reasons, to be ‘holy’.

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Invisible Veterans

Defeated Militants and Enduring Revolutionary Social Values in Dhufar, Oman

Alice Wilson

informally meeting 26 veterans and more than 20 family members. I conducted participant observation and informal interviews in spaces such as homes, cafés, and workplaces. According to interlocutors’ preferences, we spoke in Arabic or English. In what follows

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Unbecoming Veteranship

Convicted Military Officers in Post-authoritarian Argentina

Eva van Roekel and Valentina Salvi

utopia. James Holston (2009) has coined this intrinsic difference between rights on paper and rights in practice “substantive citizenship.” Citizenship emerges from social practices that are constructed on different scales and in different spaces with

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To Be or Not to Be a Hero

Recognition and Citizenship among Disabled Veterans of the Sri Lankan Army

Matti Weisdorf and Birgitte Refslund Sørensen

. It feels like she is killing me. It makes me very worried. We made a space for them, but now there is no place for us. The evocative way Sampath relayed his feelings warrants a lengthy quote. Although this kind of incident had never happened to

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The Debts of War

Bifurcated Veterans’ Mobilization and Political Order in Post-settlement El Salvador

Ralph Sprenkels

veterans’ mobilization is beyond the scope of this article, the Salvadoran case suggests the status of the political heirs of the veterans’ wartime efforts influences the political space available for the veterans’ recognition struggles. For example, to