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War Veterans and the Construction of Citizenship Categories

Nikkie Wiegink, Ralph Sprenkels, and Birgitte Refslund Sørensen

, including a focus on vernacular categories of war veterans, and how these are situated within historical, social, and political contexts. Combining the contributions to this special section, we can tease out three central elements that form an analytical

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The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken

Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo

Marie Daugey

whom occupy special natural sites (groves, mountains, rocks, etc.). They belong to the same vernacular category called egoltmtye (pl. agoltma ), that is, earth divinities—a common category among societies of the Voltaïc area ( Fortes 1945 ; Goody

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The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

The Making of War Veterans in Postindependence Mozambique

Nikkie Wiegink

vernacular category in Mozambique. My research participants used desmobilizados militares , soldiers, combatentes , DF (referring to Destacamento Feminino—Female Detachment—a term originally used by Frelimo during the liberation struggle but later also used

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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

vernacular categories) across Asian Buddhist (particularly colonial) contexts, under the influence of Western studies of ‘world religions’ ( Masuzawa 2005 ). Methodologically, drawing inspiration from prototype theory, as Benson Saler (1993) does with the