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Adopting a Resistance Lens

An Exploration of Power and Legitimacy in Transitional Justice

Julie Bernath and Sandra Rubli

Within transitional justice scholarship of the past ten years, “power” and “legitimacy” have increasingly become objects of study, in particular for scholars taking a critical stance to a normative conceptualization and implementation of

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Ethnographic Engagement with Bureaucratic Violence

Erin R. Eldridge and Amanda J. Reinke

decisions are made, knowledge is created, and power is exerted in ways that affect the everyday lives of citizens. Ethnography is thus well suited for unveiling the “humanness” and everyday realities of bureaucratic practice and interactions (2011: 7). In an

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The Religious Foundations of Capoeira Angola

The Cosmopolitics of an Apparently Non-religious Practice

Sergio González Varela

problem of definition to a description of the practice and its political meaning. In it, I describe the substance of politics ethnographically by focusing on the expression of individual power and its links to magic and spirituality in capoeira. I argue

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Pentecostalism and Egalitarianism in Melanesia

A Reconsideration of the Pentecostal Gender Paradox

Annelin Eriksen

Unity Yu we yu tri be yu wan/you who are three but one Mekem Mifala I kam wan/make us become one Blong mifala I save mekem wok blong yu/so we can work with you Unity hemi paoa blong jos/Unity is the power of the church Unity hemi hat blong wan nation

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Finn Stepputat

This article discusses the recent revision of the notion of sovereignty that emphasizes de facto rather than de jure sovereignty, understanding sovereignty as an effect of performative claims to sovereignty. As an implication of this approach, we come to see political landscapes as formed by multiple, overlapping, coexisting, and sometimes competing claims to sovereignty operating within and across boundaries. The article suggests using “formations of sovereignty” as a way of understanding these political landscapes and the way they change over time in specific areas. Empirically, the article analyzes different formations of sovereignty in a Guatemalan municipality at the border with Mexico, from before the civil war of the early 1980s to the present.

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The White Cotton Robe

Charisma and Clothes in Tibetan Buddhism Today

Magdalena Maria Turek

exemplified by amulets, and the application of this template onto relics ( Martin 1994 ; Sharf 1999 ), an item can wholly determine the dynamic of a charismatic performance. More than a “repository of power” ( Tambiah 1984: 203 ) and than insignia that

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Erin R. Eldridge

Bourgois (2004: 2) observe that, because of its complexity, violence is not easily categorized. It occurs in specific contexts yet is bound up with extensive power relations and political economic processes. While violence is most commonly associated with

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The Chaco Skies

A Socio-cultural History of Power Relations

Alejandro Martín López and Agustina Altman

the cosmos to be inhabited by multiple human and non-human societies, bound together by asymmetric power relations. Due to the brightness of many of its manifestations, the celestial space is seen as an environment populated by quite powerful, fecund

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Corinna Mullin and Ian Patel

transitional justice functions to challenge or reproduce dominant expressions of state and transnational power, focusing on three levels of analysis: the transnational level, in particular in the context of global (neo)liberal governance; the state level, in

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Perspectives from the Ground

Colonial Bureaucratic Violence, Identity, and Transitional Justice in Canada

Jaymelee J. Kim

bureaucratic red tape that marginalize Indigenous identities and cultures. By definition, such types of violence manifest through relationships of power and oppression ( Daniel 2000 ; Hyndman and De Alwis 2004 ; Imbusch et al. 2011 ; Kalyvas 2003 ; Rogers