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Bill Maurer

Credit. From the Latin, credere, to trust or to believe. Crisis, from the Greek κρίσις, crisis, but also decision, judgment. Judgment day. I had imagined this article as a series of epistles, short missives with didactic aphorisms—postcards, really—from the credit crisis. Yet the effort foundered on two shores. First, my abilities are simply not up to the task, for this genre with its ancient history boasts so many predecessors and models that selection for the purposes of mimicry—or embodiment—became impossible. Second, and more important, I began to realize, in the effort, that the genre demands an analytical engagement with its material that this article in many respects stands athwart. How it does so will become apparent in due course. The credit crisis began in 2008 and continues to the time of my writing, in May 2010. In naming the credit crisis and its religion, I acknowledge I afford them a degree of reality they may not possess. I also acknowledge that this article comes with temporal limits, the limits of the time of its writing. My debts are many and cannot be fully acknowledged. Reality, time and debt are very much at issue in credit crisis religion. Worldly constraints narrow my inquiry to Anglophone and primarily United States examples. Christianity is, by necessity and design, over-represented.

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Ronald Stade

understanding cruelty in a way that conventional peace and conflict studies cannot. Even the genre of ethnographically informed conflict studies, however, struggles with notions of perpetration, volition, and culpability. More to the point, conflict studies

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Introduction

The Social Life of Contentious Concepts

Ronald S. Stade

a village or remote province. They belong to a genre that straddles several disciplinary boundaries—conceptual history, political anthropology, cultural sociology, peace and conflict studies, international relations, and so on—and is consigned to a

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Finbarr Barry Flood and Jaś Elsner

iconoclasm are relatively rare in medieval Islamic art. By far, the most popular example of the genre is the removal of idols from the Ka‘ba by the Prophet Muhammad, an event explicitly invoked in the Islamic State’s visual and textual representations of the

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The Power of Silence

Sonic Experiences of Police Operations and Occupations in Rio de Janeiro's Favelas

Sterre Gilsing

refer to sex. Especially interesting (and wry for the artists from the favela who created the genre) is, when the music is detached from the favela environment, the consequences are different. João, a human rights activist and lawyer, questions the

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The Uncanniness of Missionary Others

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

Travis Warren Cooper

) ‘Incidental’ Ethnographers , and Pels’s (2013) A Politics of Presence are all examples of this expanding methodological genre. Continuing in the tradition of ethnographic vision widened to include both colonists and colonized, the powerful and the

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Sam Jackson, Áron Bakos, Birgitte Refslund Sørensen, and Matti Weisdorf

emotions inspired by Elizabeth Povinelli (2001 ; 2006 ; 2011 ) and her choice of genre sometimes works against her ambitions. Wool does what she does brilliantly, but the reader often finds herself at a strange remove from what should be so intimate, as

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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

Email from Ngeti , James W. Smith and Ngeti Mwadime have written a book that will become a classic. At once a genre experiment, an honest description of the relationship between a fieldworker and a close collaborator, and a unique analysis of the life

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Portrait

Ann Grodzins Gold

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

anthropology to be. In truth, of course, there is not another book in the field like Tristes Tropiques —a work that defies or conflates all genres. To me it was pure enchantment, uniting everything that interested me: journeys, myths, well-crafted evocative

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Around Abby Day’s Believing in Belonging

Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World

Christopher R. Cotter, Grace Davie, James A. Beckford, Saliha Chattoo, Mia Lövheim, Manuel A. Vásquez, and Abby Day

changes may erode the power of traditional authorities to enforce norms and control expressions of gender. Nevertheless, neo-liberal political discourses and the rules of the capitalist market, as well as affordances of various media genres, introduce new