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Learning to Dwell with Micro-Organisms

Corporeality, Relationality, Temporality

Lydia Maria Arantes

effective and the traditional that Marcel Mauss (1935) speaks of in his text on body techniques. Following coil-folding, Mau turns the glass bowl containing the dough upside down and helps the dough glide towards the floured kitchen countertop in

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The Bodily Efficacy of the Categories

Durkheim and Mauss's Intervention into the History of Philosophy

Erhard Schüttpelz and Martin Zillinger

Between 1900 and 1912, Durkheim, Mauss and other contributors of the L’Année Sociologique developed the most ambitious philosophical project of modern anthropology: a comparative and worldwide social history of philosophical categories. This article briefly summarises three phases of the ‘Category Project’ and gives a preliminary characterisation of its Hegelian ambitions. Further, it points out the common denominator in the diverse success stories of the Category Project, namely the reference to the human body as the site of collective consciousness. In a second step, the article traces the intricate genesis and after-life of the most important category of bodily efficacy and epistemological insight provided by Durkheim and Mauss: the elaboration of ‘effervescence’ and its manifestation of ‘totality’.

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Elisabeth Hsu

What, if not Durkheim’s ‘collective representations’ acquired during exalted states of effervescence, gives rise to society, culture and science? Marcel Mauss provides another answer by pointing to the different rhythms of social relationships and the human effort to synchronise them. The seasonal cycle of the Eskimo [Inuit], Mauss argues, is in accord with their game; hence people disperse in summer to pursue economic activities in small bands, while they congregate in dense house-complexes in winter and engage in ritual. It would appear that Mauss draws heavily on Boas’s contrast between the Kwakiutl winter celebrations and their ‘uninitiated’ livelihood in summer. These insights have traction for medical anthropologists who are interested in finding an anthropological explanation for the efficaciousness of ‘traditional’ medicines or ‘indigenous’ healing techniques.

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The Brothel Phone Number

Infrastructures of Transnational Pimping in Eastern Romania

Trine Mygind Korsby

Micro 50. Moving oneself this way was thus a body technique that could be learned (cf. Mauss [1934] 1992 ). It even included one’s facial expression, and several times my interlocutors would correct me, noting that my face was ‘too open’ ( prea

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Girls’ Work in a Rural Intercultural Setting

Formative Experiences and Identity in Peasant Childhood

Ana Padawer

spatial structuring, or body techniques produced an experience of the social world and its arbitrary divisions deemed natural, starting with the socially constructed division of the sexes. In my analysis of how male dominance is present in the everyday

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The White Cotton Robe

Charisma and Clothes in Tibetan Buddhism Today

Magdalena Maria Turek

and marked with the white cotton robe. It is through this religious marker and body technique that the master communicates the attainment of virtus signorum , which transforms his body into a precious instrument with the power to transmit blessing, as

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Co-constituting Bodyguarding Practice through Embodied Reflexivity

Methodological Reflections from the Field

Paul Higate

. “ Researching Embodiment by Way of Body Techniques .” Sociological Review 55 ( 1 ): 80 – 94 . 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2007.00694.x Csordas , Thomas . 1993 . “ Somatic Modes of Attention .” Cultural Anthropology 8 ( 2 ): 135 – 156 . 10.1525/can.1993

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Guarding the Body

Private Security Work in Rio de Janeiro

Erika Robb Larkins

or metal detectors applied to them. They would need all of the body techniques he had taught them to try to command respect. The worst, everyone agreed, were young, light-skinned men who adopted positions of class and racial superiority to ignore the

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Learning the Elsewhere of ‘Inner Space’

The Affective Pedagogy of Post-Secular Sufi Healing in Germany

Nasima Selim

material/corporeal realities by attuning to one's breathing self with reflexive listening and responding, while exercising sonic resonance and engaging in collective movements. Mastery of breath as a body technique and a “way of articulating authority” in