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The Dangers of Excess

Accumulating and Dispersing Fortune in Mongolia

Rebecca Empson

This article explores practices concerned with the accumulation of fortune in present-day Mongolia. By contrasting practices associated with the accumulation of animal herds, children, and immovable property, we see how some are viewed as morally commendable while others are considered morally suspect. It is suggested that when people accumulate too much fortune, misfortune strikes, thereby ensuring the redistribution and release of fortune. By examining the different ways in which fortune and wealth may be released, harnessed, or contained, more general ideas about new ways of accumulating wealth and the dangers of excess in the market economy emerge.

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On Visual Coherence and Visual Excess

Writing, Diagrams, and Anthropological Form

Matei Candea

—provides good material for exploring the two questions raised above, namely, that of visual excess (when do diagrams do more than replicate the text?) and that of visual coherence (when do diagrams lend a spurious coherence to an otherwise incoherent discussion

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Always Something Missing

Giving without Intention among Sino-Taiwanese Protestants and Others

Gareth Breen

pioneers would ‘break bread together’ whenever they felt like it. For me, this enthusiasm suggests the excess, the ‘whoosh’ ( Willis forthcoming ; see Introduction, this issue), the ‘something extra’ which for Pitt-Rivers is the hallmark of grace

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Israeli Ultra-Orthodoxy

Credit and Credibility

Hadas Weiss

In recent decades, members of Israeli ultra-Orthodoxy have been exhibiting self-denial, stringency, and unwillingness to enter the workforce despite material hardships. Public discourse has long considered theirs an 'intentional poverty', yet the parsimoniousness attributed to them and its presumed intentionality are losing credibility. I use the concept of credit—in both its economic and its normative sense—to analyze social regulation among Israeli ultra-Orthodoxy. I look at the community's efficiency in redistributing its members' resources through interconversion of social and material goods. I go on to identify the limits that self-regulation comes up against under capitalist pressures and show how these pressures express themselves in ultra-Orthodox norms and practices. Finally, I relate credit and credibility to the larger issue of excess in the present day.

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Violent Thresholds

Sights and Sounds of the Cinematic Baroque in Pascal Laugier's Martyrs

Lawrence Alexander

threshold's double function as a space that mediates contact and separation, bounding and transgression, as paradigmatic for the kinds of extremity attributed to Martyrs . 3 If we read these threshold qualities under the rubric of visual and aural excess

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The Glorious Excess of Peace in Marsilius of Padua's Defensor Pacis

Richard A. Lee Jr.

there is a peculiar logic – a logic of excess and condition – to Marsilius’ understanding of peace as a kind of relation of the parts to the whole (Section 4). Before investigating this logic, I will first use Marsilius’ citation of the Gospel of Luke

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Essence in excess: heritage and the problem of potentiality

Timothy P. A. Cooper

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Sorcery, Revenge, and Anti-Revenge

Relational Excess and Individuation in the Gran Chaco

Florencia Tola

interacted. Through this expression, Seferino also implied that he existed even outside his ‘own’ body ( Tola 2012 ). The composite and relational character of the Toba person may lead, under some circumstances, to what I call a ‘relational excess’. In this

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Amazing Grace

Vincent Lloyd

, both markers of excess, of experience beyond comprehension and control. Trauma is a privileged site of grace, and grace is a salve to trauma. But this is no closed circuit; that would run against the definition of each. Christian theologians are

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Rethinking the class politics of boredom

Marguerite van den Berg and Bruce O’Neill

, the crisis-accelerated restructuring captured by “the posts” of postsocialism, postcolonialism, and post-Fordism requires a rethinking of the relationship between status, production, consumption, and the experience of excess free time. In cities across