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‘Living as Londoners do’

Born‐again Christians in convivial East London

Leslie Fesenmyer

Kenyan Pentecostals attempt to ‘live as Londoners do’ without compromising their devotion to God. Doing so necessitates coexisting with religious and non‐religious others, including Muslims who they view simultaneously as a ‘threat’ to historically Christian Britain and an ‘example’ to emulate. While the anthropologies of Christianity and Islam have developed as separate sub‐fields, pluralist settings like East London demand attention to inter‐religious coexistence. To understand these born‐again Christians’ subjectivities and lives, I draw on existential anthropology to explore how they navigate the circumstances in which they find themselves. I argue that Pentecostalism offers them the means to live as ‘good’ Christians, allowing them to seek material success and salvation in such a setting. More broadly, I suggest that an existential anthropological lens is well suited for studying pluralist contexts where relational encounters between diverse people and ideas are inevitable.

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Introduction

Jelena Tošić and Annika Lems

/mobility Trajectories Besides the genealogical perspective, the special section brings two key theoretical debates of contemporary anthropological theory into conversation with each other: studies of mobilities and existential anthropological approaches. In recent

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“Looking for One's Life”

Trapped Mobilities and Adventure in Morocco

Sébastien Bachelet

between their journeys and Europe as a predefined destination. By engaging with scholarship challenging the notion of transit as well as contributions to the growing field of existential anthropology, I argue for a closer examination of how migrants

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Migration as Survival

Withheld Stories and the Limits of Ethnographic Knowability

Gerhild Perl

of this article. I extend my gratitude to the two anonymous reviewers whose comments helped me to strengthen my argument and to embrace existential anthropology more carefully. Notes 1 For an additional interpretation of the movie and the

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Jackson, Michael and Albert Piette (eds.) 2015. What is existential anthropology? New York: Berghahn Books. 248 pp. Hb.: US$95.00. ISBN: 9781782386360.

Aidan Seale‐Feldman

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The bystander and the passerby

Reflections on ethnographic writing and response-ability

Nicholas Smith and George Mantzios

existential anthropology,” so too might it be best to leave this literary reinvigoration to its multifarious devices, if only to preserve something of the energy that adheres to things before they are critically gestated and brought within the broader static

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Book Reviews

Leyla Neyzi, Nida Alahmad, Nina Gren, Martha Lagace, Chelsey Ancliffe, and Susanne Bregnbæk

rather than being driven by strong personal conviction. As one interloctutor put it, “There are many ways that a bird can fly in the sky” (135). In the final chapter, “In Defence of Existential Anthropology,” Jackson returns to negative dialectics and

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Introduction

Infrastructures of Certainty and Doubt

Matthew Carey and Morten Axel Pedersen

Soviet Imagination ’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 11 ( 1 ): 39 – 58 . 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2005.00225.x Jackson , M. and A. Piette (eds). 2015 . What Is Existential Anthropology? New York : Berghahn Books . 10.2307/j

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Could Sartre have been a Free Market Capitalist?

Matthew Eshleman

incisive investigations from Existential Anthropology stand on firm grounds, within the family of existential inquiry, concentrated as they are on themes of lived experience, tensions between individuality and community, cultural mutability, and

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A Sensory Gaze into Embodied, Material and Emplaced Meanings

Midlife Experience of Creative Leisure Occupations

Tamar Amiri-Savitzky, Merel Visse, Ton Satink, and Aagje Swinnen

‘experience, body and world are indivisible’ (Čargonja 2013: 26). Phenomenological anthropology, and within that, existential anthropology, which seeks to explore ‘lived reality as it makes its appearance in real time, in specific moments, in actual situations