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Finbarr Barry Flood and Jaś Elsner

processes of modernization and nation building long before the rise of the Taliban. Their image had, for example, appeared on Afghan postage stamps from the 1950s onward, while the large Bamiyan Buddha had featured prominently on the ticket sleeves issued

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Ritual Tattooing and the Creation of New Buddhist Identities

An Inquiry into the Initiation Process in a Burmese Organization of Exorcists

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière

of ‘internal conversion’, which Clifford Geertz (1964) established while reflecting on the religious change and modernization he observed when in the field in Bali. Geertz forged this concept to encapsulate ideas about religious rationalization and

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Exceptionalism and Necropolitical Security Dynamics in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Tomas Salem

ways that merged concerns related to public health with projects of modernization. During the republican era, these efforts were imbued with racialized anxieties about the status of the new nation, and urban development interventions often aimed to

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The Uncanniness of Missionary Others

A Discursive Analysis of a Century of Anthropological Writings on Missionary Ethnographers

Travis Warren Cooper

endeavors with the intrusive process of modernization and the slow erosion of cohesive traditions ( Ploeg 1990: 69–70 ), depicting missionaries as “incompetent and moralistic hordes focused on normalizing the natives, causing their cultural and, often

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Portrait

Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold, Bhrigupati Singh, Farhana Ibrahim, Edward Simpson, and Kirin Narayan

Press . Singer , Milton B . 1972 . When a Great Tradition Modernizes: An Anthropological Approach to Indian Civilization . New York : Praeger . Singh , Bhrigupati . 2015 . Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural

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Violence and Identification

Everyday Ethnic Identity in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Torsten Kolind

one should not confuse with the nationalism of the late 1980s. Several writers have argued that Bosnia and Herzogovina has never been truly modernized, that is, communitarianism (the prevalence of ethnic identities in social relations) has continued to

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Adjudicating Religious Intolerance

Afro-Brazilian Religions, Public Space, and the National Collective in Twenty-First-Century Brazil

Elina I. Hartikainen

). The prohibition of these practices was justified by concerns over ‘public order’ ( ordem pública ), a legal concept that at the time was integrally tied to a hygienistic agenda of modernization that focused on the everyday habits of the nation's urban

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Post-war Blood

Sacrifice, Anti-sacrifice, and the Rearticulations of Conflict in Sri Lanka

Neena Mahadev

entailing, in part, new emphasis among lay Buddhists on nibbāna, the summum bonum goal of Buddhist soteriology. This modernization entails a reformation, or laicization, that lessened the distinction between the monastics and laity. Holt (1991) and

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Recapturing the Lost

Digitalized Memories of the Rhodesian Bush War

Ane Marie Ørbø Kirkegaard

( Godwin and Hancock 1999 ; Smith 1997 ). In 1965, Rhodesia possessed the second-most effective and modernized military forces on the African subcontinent. The country continued to stay on top regarding both training and equipment throughout the war

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Steven Brooke, Dafne Accoroni, Olga Ulturgasheva, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Eugenia Roussou, Francesco Vacchiano, Jeffrey D. Howison, Susan Greenwood, Yvonne Daniel, Joana Bahia, Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Charles Lincoln Vaughan, Katrien Pype, and Linda van de Kamp

in the context of larger social and political debates—the British occupation of Egypt, the failure of Arab ‘civilization’ to modernize, the Eastern Question, pan-Arabism, and the prospect of an ‘Arab renaissance’—that Spencer and, to a lesser extent