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Jeanne Favret-Saada’s Minimal Ontology

Belief and Disbelief of Mystical Forces, Perilous Conditions, and the Opacity of Being

Theodoros Kyriakides

violent and affective character, which Favret-Saada identifies in her fieldwork. To reframe this claim according to the central argument of this article, unlike Evans-Pritchard, for Favret-Saada belief and disbelief in mystical forces are primarily

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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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Between Labor Migration and Forced Displacement

Wartime Mobilities in the Burkina Faso–Côte d’Ivoire Transnational Space

Jesper Bjarnesen

ethnographic fieldwork in the neighborhood of Sarfalao in Bobo-Dioulasso, in southern Burkina Faso, where many displaced returnees settled during the turbulent decade of the Ivorian political conflict. Data collection took place during the period January to

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Exceptionalism and Necropolitical Security Dynamics in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Tomas Salem

during the decade of Olympic exceptionalism. The empirical material that the contributions to this section analyze is derived from fieldworks exploring the racialized and gendered dimensions of these interventions. The studies show that despite political

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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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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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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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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