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Pac'Stão versus the City of Police

Contentious Activism Facing Megaprojects, Authoritarianism, and Violence

Einar Braathen

dictatorship was gone. In this change process, a movement of residents’ associations ( associações de moradores ) gained strength in Rio de Janeiro and other large cities ( Assies 1994 ; Dagnino 1994 ; Holston 1998 ). However, there were important differences

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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

Veer argues, however, that this alleged weakness can be turned into a reflexive strength without leaving the field to pure critique and deconstruction. Comparison should be “not a relatively simple juxtaposition and comparison of two or more different

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Recapturing the Lost

Digitalized Memories of the Rhodesian Bush War

Ane Marie Ørbø Kirkegaard

a narrative of having been bereft of continuity. The process of creating meaning around the personal experiences of war involves a relatively common set of interwoven narratives, focusing on bravery, strength in people, technologies, ceremonies

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Religion through the Looking Glass

Fieldwork, Biography, and Authorship in Southwest China and Beyond

Katherine Swancutt

reflection. Mei (Ch. 魅) is written with the ‘ghost’ radical, which appears on the left side of the character, and can alternately mean evil spirit, demon, magic, or charm. Li (Ch. 力) can mean power, force, strength, ability, or doing something strenuously

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The 'Empty Tomb' as Metaphor

Finding Comfort in Nothingness

Donna Young

This article considers the ways in which Roman Catholic pilgrims on a tour in the Holy Land reacted to displays of emotion, exposing both the fragility and the strength of a religious community struggling with uncertainties concerning belief and practice. Participants focused on a reading of the biblical gospel that, in its original form, omitted the story of Christ's resurrection. The pilgrims were encouraged to identify themselves with the earliest Christians confronted by an empty tomb and to explore the lessons in Mark's gospel for a community of Christians in crisis. The 'empty tomb' is read here as a metaphor for the 'limits of meaning', found in all practices of interpretation, whether exegetical or anthropological. Attention is focused on how various actors responded to each other and to a place, the Holy Land, which challenges the interpretive skills of most, particularly those encouraged to remain open and respectful of the stories and religious traditions of others.

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The Debts of War

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

Ralph Sprenkels

, veterans’ struggles for recognition can be drawn-out affairs, unfolding over several decades, as developments in the context and in the veterans’ organizational strength generate opportunities for and obstacles to mobilization. This article is based on