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Amira Mittermaier, Susan Harding, and Michael Lambek

A Portrait in Scenes Amira Mittermaier July 2004. I'm in Cairo, doing fieldwork for my dissertation. Among the very few books I have brought along is Saba Mahmood's recently released Politics of Piety . My supervisor urged me to read it

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Eileen Barker

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

fieldwork days, dropping in for friendly chats with groups such as Scientologists, the Jesus Army, the Family, and more besides. Colin kept notes. My job was to observe and help keep our wits about us. Eileen critiqued the notes Colin made—always sharp

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Frauke Mennes, John P. Hayes, David Kloos, Martha Lagace, Morten Koch Andersen, Somdeep Sen, Matthew Porges, and Sa’ed Atshan

years of fieldwork among the Sahariyas, a community of former bonded laborers. While this is a region marked by poverty, Singh shows us how poverty or plenitude of life cannot be defined solely by economic status, thus making us envision “life” in a

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The Many Faces of the State

Living in Peace and Conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

Nasir Uddin and Eva Gerharz

assaults, which show us that, as Pahari , peace is not ours.” —Shishir Marma, 17 June 2011 The above statement was made by a Pahari adivasi , as indigenous hill people 1 are popularly known in Bangladesh, to Nasir Uddin during his fieldwork 2 in the

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The Dialectics of Displacement and Emplacement

Henrik Vigh and Jesper Bjarnesen

requires a view from within the actual social fields and formations in question, necessitating a commitment to a type of fieldwork that most researchers are, understandably, unwilling to undertake. Second, conflicts and wars typically impose a very

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The Religious Foundations of Capoeira Angola

The Cosmopolitics of an Apparently Non-religious Practice

Sergio González Varela

groups shared during my fieldwork was the lengthy and ascetic process that individuals must experience in order to become mestres . This method, which involves many years of training and learning, hinders the possibility of standardized rituals with

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The Debts of War

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

Ralph Sprenkels

intermittent fieldwork with Salvadoran war veterans between 2008 and 2018—an extension of my earlier research on postwar transition and the legacies of war in El Salvador spanning 1992 to 2005. Fieldwork activities included participant observation with FMLN

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Curating Conflict

Four Exhibitions on Jerusalem

Sa'ed Atshan and Katharina Galor

these shows. These conversations complemented our own observations of the exhibit spaces and the relevant artifacts, as well as the scholarly literature we consulted. The result of our fieldwork is an interdisciplinary approach to engage the fields of

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The Social Life of Fighting Words

The Case of Political Correctness

Ronald S. Stade

ignored in anthropological fieldwork and edited out of ethnographies. Anthropologists studied nonliterate people as if they lived in an eternally unchanging present. This became untenable when anthropologists began conducting fieldwork among people whose

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Liberation Autochthony

Namibian Veteran Politics and African Citizenship Claims

Lalli Metsola

further contribute to Namibian postcolonial nationalism and statehood, and on how the Namibian case is situated within African politics of citizenship and autochthony. The article is based on a total of 15 months of fieldwork between the 1990s and 2016