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Dis/working with Diagrams

How Genealogies and Maps Obscure Nanoscale Worlds (a Hunter-Gatherer Case)

Nurit Bird-David

Standard diagrammatic tools in ethnographies, locational maps, and kinship trees are supposed to help make fieldwork and its findings intelligible to readers. This article explores how, to the contrary, they obscure locals’ lived worlds and the fieldwork process when they are used cross-culturally and cross-scalarly in studies of minuscule indigenous societies, anthropology’s traditional study subject. I draw on my experience of producing and using these visuals, from fieldwork through to writing ethnography, in my work with foragers who live in South India in order to show the effect of these diagrammatic tools on our understanding of nanoscale communities and their intimate worlds.

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Two Venerated Mothers Separated by a Wall

Iconic Spaces, Territoriality, and Borders in Israel-Palestine

Nurit Stadler and Nimrod Luz

This article explores the role of sacred places and pilgrimage centers in the context of contemporary geopolitical strife and border disputes. Following and expanding on the growing body of literature engaged with the contested nature of the sacred, this article argues that sacred sites are becoming more influential in processes of determining physical borders. We scrutinize this phenomenon through the prism of a small parcel of land on the two sides of the Separation Wall that is being constructed between Israel and Palestine. Our analysis focuses on two holy shrines that are dedicated to devotional mothers: the traditional Tomb of Rachel the Matriarch on the way to Bethlehem and Our Lady of the Wall, an emergent Christian site constructed as a reaction to the Wall. We examine the architectural (and material) phenomenology, the experience, and the implications that characterize these two adjacent spatialities, showing how these sites are being used as political tools by various actors to challenge the political, social, and geographical order.

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Materialities, Histories, and the Spatialization of State Sovereignty

Valentina Napolitano, Nimrod Luz, and Nurit Stadler

In the introduction to this special section of Religion and Society, we discuss existing and potentially new intersections of border theories and religious studies in relation to two contested regions—US-Mexico and Israel-Palestine (as part of the history of the Levant)—respectively. We argue for a recentering of borderland studies through an analysis of political theologies, affective labor, and differing configurations of religious heritage, traces, and materiality. We thus define 'borderlands' as translocal phenomena that emerge due to situated political/economic and affective junctures and that amplify not only translocal but also transnational prisms. To explore these issues, we put into dialogue studies on religion, borderlands, walls, and historical/contemporary conditions in the context of US-Mexico and Israel-Palestine borders. In particular, we argue for recentering analyses in light of intensifications of state control and growing militarization in contested areas.

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What Is Analysis?

Between Theory, Ethnography, and Method

Martin Holbraad, Sarah Green, Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Veena Das, Nurit Bird-David, Eduardo Kohn, Ghassan Hage, Laura Bear, Hannah Knox, and Bruce Kapferer

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The Borders of Religion

Ruy Llera Blanes, Simon Coleman, and Sondra L. Hausner

This volume of Religion and Society is marked by borders, boundaries, and limits. The borders here are those that make religion operative and politically powerful, as well as those that are enabled and put into place by religious arguments and worldviews. All these dimensions of borders are included in the special section of this volume, coordinated by Valentina Napolitano and Nurit Stadler, entitled “Borderlands and Religion: Materialities, Histories, and the Spatialization of State Sovereignty.” The section includes articles by Alejandro Lugo, Nurit Stadler and Nimrod Luz, Alberto Hernández and Amalia Campos-Delgado, and Alexander D. M. Henley. They dwell upon two of the most notorious and contentious borders in the world: the one that separates Lebanon and Palestine from Israel, and the one that separates the US from Mexico. Both Israel and the US are known for their fenced and walled frontier politics. From these contributions, we learn how borderlands and their religious framing become spaces of political negotiation by affirmation and/or by exclusion: they determine sovereignty, ontology, history.

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Assaf Shapira

Olesker , Ronnie . 2014 . “ National Identity and Securitization in Israel .” Ethnicities 14 ( 3 ): 371 – 391 . 10.1177/1468796813504093 Paltar , Nurit . 2005 . “ The New Israelis .” [In Hebrew.] Yedioth Ahronoth , 17 March. Peled , Yoav . 2007

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Gideon Kouts and Rami Zeedan

Popular Culture . Boston : Unwin Hyman . Govrin , Nurit . 1985 . “The Brenner Affair”: The Struggle for Freedom of Expression . [In Hebrew.] Jerusalem : Yad Ben-Zvi . Kouts , Gideon . 2006 . “ High and Low in One Basket, Ha-Qol and the

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Totemic Outsiders

Ontological Transformation among the Makushi

James Andrew Whitaker

Lowlands . New York : Columbia University Press . 10.7312/bale13562 Balée , William , and Clark L. Erickson . 2006b . “ Time, Complexity, and Historical Ecology .” In Balée and Erickson 2006a, 1 – 17 . Bird-David , Nurit . 1990 . “ The

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One Hand Giveth, the Other Taketh Away

A Feminist Perspective on Polity, Religion, and Gender in the Pre-state Period

Hanna Herzog

. 1981 . A Voluntary Women's Organization in a Society in the Making: WIZO's Contribution to Israeli Society . Tel Aviv : Institute of Social Research, Tel Aviv University . Kahana , Nurit . 1984 . “ Political Participation of Women in Zionism: The