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Lars Buur

This article explores the enmeshment of sovereignty, riots, and social contestation. Riots have continually marked out the thresholds allowed for exceptions to be declared. As such, they have been the sovereign entity par excellence that produces the moments of politics that need to be domesticated. Interestingly, expressions of sovereignty have always presented themselves in contexts of riots and social contestation. These issues will be explored ethnographically in relation to riots in Mozambique. The relationship between excess and domestication is explored through an analysis of two indices of sovereignty: riots and their close associates “mobs” as excess; and processes of domestication. The first index grapples with t he excesses of riots and mobs, and encompasses, I suggest, all the elements of sovereignty: exception, in- and exclusion, and excess. The second index explores the enmeshment of sovereignty and social contestation from the perspective of domestication, particularly the diff erent forms for control and violence that come into play when the quest for making life and creating order is at stake.

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Extended-Case Studies—Place, Time, Reflection

T. M. S. Evens and Don Handelman

Extended-case studies originated and flourished in multiple sites in Central Africa as British colonialism waned. The extended-case study method was created and shaped in response to complex social situations that emerged from and through ongoing and at times profound changes in the ways in which social and moral orders were put together. The extended case and situational analysis have from their very beginnings been cognate with complexity in social ordering, with the non-linearity of open-ended social fields, and with recursivity among levels of social ordering. Manchester methods originated as a result of profound shifts in the practice of anthropology and contributed to turning these changes into the practicing of ethnographic praxis. Yet over time, the explicit valuing and evaluating of Manchester perspectives disappeared from view. Witness the inane, reductionist comment by George Marcus (1995: 110) (a member of the American lit-crit hit mob of the 1980s), limiting “the extended-case method” (with no mention of Manchester) to “small-scale societies,” where it has been “an established technique … in the anthropology of law” (with no mention of Gluckman).

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Reclaiming the streets

Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia

Jeff Maskovsky

In Philadelphia, on 10 April 2013, dozens of African American youth converged in what municipal authorities described as a “flash mob” at the heart of the city’s central business district. Called together with the use of social media, these

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The Saint Mary's Rape Chant

A Discourse Analysis of Media Coverage

Lyndsay Anderson and Marnina Gonick

, and Deviant: Neoliberal Anxiety of the Mob In response to the student president's claim to have been caught up in the irresistible rhythm and beat of the chant, Drimonis comments sarcastically, Sure, ok. Nothing like someone pursuing a university

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Colin Wayne Leach and Cátia P. Teixeira

social movements tend to be represented and experienced as carrying an inherent threat of violence. At least since ancient Rome, “the mob” has been represented as ready for violence, especially by those most interested in controlling it

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Uncanny History

Temporal Topology in the Post-Ottoman World

Charles Stewart

sense. Historical consciousness establishes links, whether analogical or chronological, between these accumulating sublime experiences. Reactions to the burning of the Madımak Hotel in Sivas, a central Anatolian town, illustrate this last point. A mob

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‘At the Mercy of the German Eagle’

Images of London in Dissolution in the Novels of William Le Queux

Antony Taylor

decline reflected in his stories. Ranging across anxieties about anarchist and foreign terrorism, attuned to fears of the mob, and suspicious about wealthy spy masters at large in governmental circles and polite society, Le Queux's fiction participates in

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Confronting Tyranny in a Public Health Agency

Crafting a ‘Philosophy of Praxis’ into a ‘Community of Resistance’

Brian McKenna

learned that the kind of organisational tyranny that Carol was suffering had a name: mobbing ( Davenport et al. 1999 ). I was surprised to learn that one of the three authors of Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace was an anthropologist

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Mobilizing Meanings

Translocal Identities of the Far Right Web

Patricia Anne Simpson

, Die Unsterblichen or The Immortals deserves mention. It appeared in the peripheral vision of the global gaze until it was prohibited. The New York Daily News took up the media baton from Die Zeit and covered the flash mob demonstrations in Bautzen

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Barbara Roche Rico

anticipating the kind of episode she might have witnessed before. Since she does not live in the same building, Katherine has arguably not been indoctrinated as other children had and, thus, refused to follow the mob. This episode also aligns with a bullying