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Ruptures brings together leading and emerging international anthropologists to explore the concept of ‘rupture’. Understood as radical and often forceful forms of discontinuity, rupture is the active ingredient of the current sense of a world in turmoil, lying at the heart of some of the most defining experiences of our time: the rise of populist politics, the corollary impulse towards protest and even revolutionary change, as well as moves towards violence and terror, and the responses these moves elicit. Rupture is addressed in selected ethnographic and historical contexts: images of the guillotine in the French revolution; reactions to Trump’s election in the USA; the motivations of young Danes who join ISIS in Syria; ‘butterfly effect’ activism among environmental anarchists in northern Europe; the experiences of political trauma and its ‘repair’ through privately sponsored museums of Mao’s revolution in China; people’s experience of the devastating 2001 earthquake in Gujarat; the ‘inner’ rupture of Protestant faith among Danish nationalist theologians; and the attempt to invent ex nihilo an alphabet for use in Christian prophetic movements in Congo and Angola. Ruptures takes in new directions broader intellectual debates about continuity and change. In particular, by thematising rupture as a radical, sometimes violent, and even brutal form of discontinuity, it adds a sharper critical edge to contemporary discourses, both in social theory and public debate and policy.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of contributors
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction: Critical Ruptures
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  1. 1. The Guillotine: Reflections on Violent Revolutionary Rupture
  2. pp. 27-51
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  1. 2. Rupture and Repair: A Museum of the Red Age Confronts Historical Nihilism
  2. pp. 52-69
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  1. 3. Times Like the Present: Political Rupture and the Heat of the Moment
  2. pp. 70-92
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  1. 4. Inner Revolution: Reaction and Rupture in a Danish Lutheran Movement
  2. pp. 93-115
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  1. 5. Blurring Rupture: Frames of Conversion in Japanese Catholicism
  2. pp. 116-139
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  1. 6. Writing as Rupture: On Prophetic Invention in Central Africa
  2. pp. 140-156
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  1. 7. Slow Rupture: The Art of Sneaking in an Occupied Forest
  2. pp. 157-173
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  1. 8. The Rhythm of Rupture: Attunement among Danish Jihadists
  2. pp. 174-192
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  1. 9. Earthquake Citizens: Disaster and Aftermath Politics in India and Nepal
  2. pp. 193-217
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  1. Afterword: Some Reflections on Rupture
  2. pp. 218-232
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787356184
Related ISBN
9781787356191
MARC Record
OCLC
1127908622
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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