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Hugh McDonnell

This article examines the 1994–1995 controversy surrounding President François Mitterrand’s past involvement with Vichy France through the concept of “the gray zone.” Differing from Primo Levi’s gray zone, it refers here to the language that emerged in France to account for the previously neglected complicity of bystanders and beneficiaries and the indirect facilitation of the injustices of the Vichy regime. The affair serves as a site for exploring the nuances and inflections of this concept of the gray zone—both in the way it was used to indict those accused of complicity with Vichy, and as a means for those, like Mitterrand, who defended themselves by using the language of grayness. Paying attention to these invocations of the gray zone at this historical conjuncture allows us to understand the logic and stakes of both the criticisms of Mitterrand and his responses to them, particularly in terms of contemporaneous understandings of republicanism and human rights.

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Engaged anthropology in the time of late liberalism

Activists, anthropologists, and the state in India

Moyukh Chatterjee

elements like a predilection for paperwork that ironically fosters vast gray zones of informality. Together they give us a glimpse into the functioning of the Indian bureaucracy, the ethnographic state, and the making of the neoliberal Indian state. Cody

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Klaus Berghahn, Russell Dalton, Jason Verber, Robert Tobin, Beverly Crawford and Jeffrey Luppes

Kapo Trials in Israel is one more of the forgotten Holocaust trials, which the authors call “the Law in the Gray Zone.” Initially, kapos were chosen by the Nazis from the ranks of common criminals and from political prisoners; later Jews were also

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Peter Hervik

political communication ( Hunter 1991 ). The “either you are with us or against us” doctrine is a powerful example of this tendency, which seeks to win support through the elimination of any gray zone of complexity. This sagacious and inspiring set of

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Renaissance of the New Right in Germany?

A Discussion of New Right Elements in German Right-wing Extremism Today

Samuel Salzborn

-wing extremism in Germany—the topic of the so-called “gray zone” or “bridging spectrum.” In other words, the spectrum of organizations that do not consider themselves part of right-wing extremism, but which agree ideologically with far-right positions on many

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Beyond citizenship

Adivasi and Dalit political pathways in India

Nicolas Jaoul and Alpa Shah

case studies in India, this special section focuses on some of those intersections or gray zones. Exploring this dialectical process as it unfolds in the margins of Indian society requires us to focus on people’s political praxis, in the domain of

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Kobi Peled, Thomas Mitchell, Kenneth Waltzer, Brent E. Sasley, Hillel Cohen and Laura Zittrain Eisenberg

, Holocaust history, and early Israeli history, developing important insights about the politics of history and memory in the new Jewish state. Better than any other work I have seen, it also investigates the murky gray zone of the Nazi camps, where prisoner

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“Forging New Malay networks”

Imagining global halal markets

Johan Fischer

the interfaces or gray zones between the state, business, and religious revivalism. We learned that Malaysia should be alert to competition from skilled “networking nations” such as Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. Consequently, the

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Amanda J. Reinke

. Within my field site, there is clearly little consensus from the middle— the RJ practitioners themselves—who work within this legal gray zone as to whether and how RJ practices should be implemented into the legal system and what the implications for this

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Citizenship in religious clothing?

Navayana Buddhism and Dalit emancipation in late 1990s Uttar Pradesh

Nicolas Jaoul

politically relevant image of the Buddha engaged with the world ( Tartakov 2004 ). Politically, Navayana thus defines an ambivalent or gray zone between a “respectable,” liberal, and bourgeois conception of religion tailored for Dalit citizens and a