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John Keane

In this critical commentary, John Keane defends, extends, and reasserts the role of history in democratic theory through an articulation of seven methodological rules: (1) treat the remembrance of things past as vital for democracy’s present and future; (2) regard the languages, characters, events, institutions, and effects of democracy as a thoroughly historical way of life and handling of power; (3) pay close attention to the ways in which the narration of the past by historians, leaders, and others is unavoidably a time-bound, historical act; (4) see that the methods that are most suited to writing about the past, present, and future of democracy draw attention to the peculiarity of their own rules of interpretation; (5) acknowledge that, until quite recently, most details of the history of democracy have been recorded by its critics; (6) note that the negative tone of most previous histories of democracy confirms the rule that tales of its past told by historians often harbor the prejudices of the powerful; and (7) admit that the task of thinking about the past, present, and future of democracy is by definition an unending journey. There can be no Grand Theory of Democracy.

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Timothy Marjoribanks, Ricardo Febrino Mendonça, Wilson Gomes, Henrik Paul Bang and John Keane

John Keane, Democracy and Media Decadence (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 261 pp. ISBN: 9781107614574

A Framework for Analysing a New Form of Democracy Timothy Marjoribanks

Democracy in Times of Media Abundance Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça and Wilson Gomes

John Keane: Communicative Abundance and Hybrid Politics Henrik Paul Bang

The Communications Revolution of Our Time: Author's Reply to Comments on Democracy and Media Decadence John Keane

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Democracy and Vietnam

Visceral Perspectives

Kim Huynh

This commentary considers proceedings from the workshop, “Can the Case be Made for Asian Democratic Theory or Practice?: Local Asian Perspectives,” held in Hanoi in February 2015. Particular attention is paid to the presentations of the two presiding professors, Pham Quang Minh and John Keane, both of whom argued that the Asian democracies of the twenty-first century would and should depart from the Western liberal democratic models of the late twentieth century. They also assuaged some of the visceral sentiments and tensions between the author (a boatperson who fled the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1979) and the local workshop participants (who were avid Vietnamese socialists).

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(De)materializing Kinship—Holding Together Mutuality and Difference

Kathryn E. Goldfarb and Caroline E. Schuster

, depending on events and on how the thing itself ‘strives’” (ibid.: 495). The articles in this collection hold in view the indeterminacies of material objects ( Keane 2008 ) in their various ‘strivings’, as well as the kin relations “haunted by difference

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Wolfgang Merkel and Jean-Paul Gagnon

and not in the grip of a phantom or zombie democracy ( Tormey and Feenstra 2014) ? Perhaps your concept can help. If a citizen knows exactly what her democracy is, and how it grows or decays, perhaps then she can “monitor its pulse” as John Keane

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Fates Worse Than Death

Destruction and Social Attachment in Timor-Leste

Gabriel Tusinski

arbitrary representational capacities of symbols, but also on the causal and qualitative dimensions of indexical and iconic signs. Following Keane’s (1997 , 2007) and Stasch’s (2011) revisions of American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce’s ([1940

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Lenience in Systems of Religious Meaning and Practice

Maya Mayblin and Diego Malara

, interiority, and sincerity have come to be highly valued (see Keane 2007 ). And yet, even in these more ‘equally spread’ contexts it may well be that, from a systemic vantage point, intensities of ethical labor remain unevenly distributed (see Malara, this

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‘Coming To Look Alike’

Materializing Affinity in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care

Kathryn E. Goldfarb

desire, emanating from a distant source ( Keane 1997 , 2003 ; Povinelli 2002) . 7 Hashimoto seems aware of this, suggesting that parents and children naturally come to look alike over time. However, as Webb Keane (2003) has argued, representations

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Discipline (and Lenience) Beyond the Self

Discipleship in a Pentecostal-Charismatic Organization

Bruno Reinhardt

group A lifestyle. In order to account for this emic categorization, it is vital to consider Pentecostal-charismatic norms in their intrinsic dynamism. They are composite formations, constituted not by one but by many ethical stances ( Keane 2015: 167

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Islam and Pious Sociality

The Ethics of Hierarchy in the Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan

Arsalan Khan

: 83–84 ). The conflict between Tablighis and Islamists brings to mind Webb Keane’s (2007) description of the conflict between Calvinists and Sumba practitioners in the missionary encounter in Indonesia. Calvinism, Keane argues, was predicated on a