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The Intimate Life of Dissent

Anthropological Perspectives

The Intimate Life of Dissent examines the meanings and implications of public acts of dissent, which, the authors argue, are never simply about abstract principles, but also come at great personal risk to both the dissidents and to those close to them. Dissent is, therefore, embedded in deep, complex, and sometimes contradictory intimate relations. This book puts acts of high principle back into the personal relations out of which they emerge and take effect, raising new questions about the relationship between intimacy and political commitment. It does so through examinations of practical examples, including Sri Lankan leftists, Soviet dissidents, Tibetan exiles, Kurdish prisoners, British pacifists, Indonesian student activists, and Jewish peace activists. The Intimate Life of Dissent will be of interest to postgraduate students and researchers in anthropology, history, political theory, and sociology, as well as to those teaching introductory undergraduate courses on political anthropology.

224 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

  1.      Introduction: The Intimate life of Dissent Harini Amarasuriya, Tobias Kelly, Sidharthan Maunaguru, Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, Jonathan Spencer  2.  One is the Biggest Number. Estrangement, Intimacy, and Totalitarianism in Late Soviet Russia Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic  3.      Dissent With/Out Resistance?: Secular and Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Approaches to Ethical and Political Disagreement Erica Weiss  4. Friendship Behind Bars: Kurdish Dissident Politics in Turkey’s Prisons Serra Hakyemez 5. Intimate Commitments: Friends, Comrades and Family in the Life of one Sri Lankan Activist Harini Amarasuriya and Jonathan Spencer  6.  Dissenting Conscience: The Intimate Politics of Objection in Second World War Britain Tobias Kelly 7.  Friends with Differences: Ethics, Rivalry in Politics and Ex-Tamil Sri Lankan Political Activists Sidharthan Maunaguru 8.      The Intimacy of Details: A Tibetan Diary of Dissent Carole McGranahan 9. Dissident Writing and the Intimacy of the Archive in Authoritarian Indonesia Doreen Lee Index

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