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From the mouth of God

Divine kinship and popular democratic politics

Alice Forbess and Lucia Michelutti

This article proposes “divine kinship” as an analytical tool with which to explore the relation between the divine, “the people”, and their political leaders and advance an ethnographically led comparative anthropology of democracy. More specifically, using the political ethnographies of five localities—North India, Venezuela, Montenegro, Russia, and Nepal—we discuss lived understandings of popular sovereignty, electoral representation, and political hope. We argue that charismatic kinship is crucial to understanding the processes by which political leaders and elected representatives become the embodiment of “the people”, and highlight the processes through which “ordinary people” are transformed into “extraordinary people” with royal/divine/democratic qualities.

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Taras Fedirko and Marlene Schäfers

construction of economic realities, Katherine Verdery’s study offers an insightful analysis of economic and political hopes during the collectivization of agriculture in 1950s Romania. Verdery’s chapter seeks to understand how different groups of people

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Modern Revolutions and Beyond

An Interview with John Dunn

Benjamin Abrams and John Dunn

clearly distinguishes the kinds of revolution which have come more recently from the kind which you analyzed in 1972? A “Horizon of Political Hope” John Dunn (JD): When I wrote Modern Revolutions I was trying to think about revolution as a

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Injury and Measurement

Jacob Grimm on Blood Money and Concrete Quantification

Anna Echterhölter

in his ancient law studies and a defender of the right to self-rule in the periphery, 3 there was hardly a more committed, outspoken enemy of French egalitarianism and civic codes, let alone the political hopes that went with the introduction of the

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Humor, Amnesia, and Making Place

Constitutive Acts of the Subject in Gezi Park, Istanbul

Christopher Houston and Banu Senay

them a political ideology and more as incarnating a mode of embodied being that modeled a civil and ethical subjectivity. As the superior foundational element in their lives, Atatürk was also the cause of assurance for their political hopes, his very

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Revolutionary abandon

Circles and machines in Sandinista Nicaragua

David Cooper

Sandinista politics has been lived within a community of FSLN supporters in a formerly collectivized agricultural cooperative—a community that once stood as a focal point of political hope in the project of revolutionary transformation ( Montoya 2007 ), but