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Moral Thresholds of Outrage

The March for Hrant Dink and New Ways of Mobilization in Turkey

Lorenzo D’Orsi

permeates the public space as well as the innermost spheres of social actors’ lives. It is both an extemporaneous feeling and an enduring process, objectified in narratives, codified in rituals, and grounded in cultural and political premises. In this

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The Many Layers of Moral Outrage

Kurdish Activists and Diaspora Politics

Nerina Weiss

will provide a discussion on moral outrage, in which I particularly draw on literature of political rituals and performances. In doing so, I will highlight the importance of performative and expressive contexts in the study of emotions. It is in the

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Just War

The Metaphysics of Police Vigilantism in India

Beatrice Jauregui

This article describes and explains “police vigilantism” as a mode of authoritative extralegal coercion performed by public police officials conceived as doing their duty to realize justice in the world. Based on ethnographic observations, interviews, and content analysis of news and entertainment media as well as official government reports, this essay examines a specific form of police vigilantism in contemporary India known as “encounter killings”. Demonstrating that encounter killings are widely constituted as a form of ritual purification and social defense by self-sacrificing police, it theorizes a metaphysics of police vigilantism in India that combines generalized experiences of insecurity with shared cosmologies of just war. Comparing this metaphysics with justifications of state violence in other Global South contexts, this study sheds light on how such violence may be legitimated through the conceptual inextricability of law and war as embodied in a uniquely constituted human figure: the police vigilante.

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Liminality and Missing Persons

Encountering the Missing in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

Laura Huttunen

missing, 30,000 of these in Bosnia. 2 The majority of those reported missing were found dead years later. I will argue that their reappearance as dead bodies is necessarily marked by their protracted absence, which affects both the ritualization and the

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Antonius C. G. M. Robben

to a focus on historical and social practices. The concern for violence exercised through political relations was replaced by attention to the everyday experience of violence, while central concepts such as state, power, ritual, mobilization, and

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

nothingness, there is no climax to reach, no other side, no stability, no structure, no home to return to, only the void left by meaning: liminality is taken over by the limivoid. Bungee jumping mimics the premodern forms of jumping rituals, but in contrast to

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Abhishek Choudhary, Rhys Machold, Ricardo Cardoso, Andreas Hackl, Martha Lagace, and Carly Machado

, activism, violence, passion, time, secrecy, and rituals, among many other themes, and, at the same time, provoked by the idea of “radical,” all chapters presented in the book deal with these issues reframing its definitions and testing its limits. And that

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Military Violence in Its Own Right

The Microsocial Foundations of Physical Military Violence in Noncombat Situations

Nir Gazit and Eyal Ben-Ari

“culture” The focus on what Collins (2004) calls ritual chain interactions allows us to follow the emergence of beliefs, practices, and behaviors characterizing a unit, differentiate it from others, and eventually lead to the development of its reputation

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Space of Hope for Lebanon’s Missing

Promoting Transitional Justice through a Digital Memorial

Erik Van Ommering and Reem el Soussi

answer to the question of what happened to their beloved one(s). If they are dead, the relatives seek to retrieve their body or any remains to be buried decently, as per each family’s ritual and custom. Families dealing with ambiguous loss find themselves

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A Phone without Names

Distrust and Duress in Côte d’Ivoire

Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa

Ever since I first arrived in Côte d’Ivoire in 2008, Uncle Yoro has fascinated me. 1 He was the one who told me that I was accepted into the family after a period of observation that I was unaware of. It was not a prescribed ritual, but he did it