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Revolution Beyond the Event

The Afterlives of Radical Politics

A critical perspective on the lived realities of revolutionary afterlives.

Revolution Beyond the Event brings together leading international anthropologists and emerging scholars to examine revolutionary legacies from the MENA region, Latin America, and the Caribbean. It explores the idea that revolutions have varied afterlives that complicate the assumptions about their duration, pace, and progression, and argues that a renewed focus on the temporality of radical politics is essential to our understanding of revolution. Through a careful selection of case studies, the book provides a critical perspective on the lived realities of revolutionary afterlives, challenging the liberal humanist assumptions implicit in the modern idea of revolution and reappraising the political agency of people caught up in revolutionary situations across a variety of ethnographic contexts.

218 pages | 11 color plates | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2023

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Sociology: Social Change, Social Movements, Political Sociology

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Table of Contents

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Charlotte Al-Khalili, Narges Ansari, Myriam Lamrani, Kaya Uzel

Part I: The Shifting Grounds of Revolutionary Temporality

1 The Remains of Revolution: Disagreements about Revolutionary Failure in Nicaragua
David Cooper

2 Picturing Absence in Post?Revolutionary Yemen
Gabriele vom Bruck

3 Smoking, Praying, Killing: The Politics of Boredom in Post-Revolutionary Libya
Igor Cherstich

4 Religious Transformations after the 1979 Iranian Revolution: From Imam Hussein as Exemplar Back to Intercessor
Mary Elaine Hegland

Part II: Rethinking Revolutionary Afterlives: Anthropology and Beyond

5 The ‘Revolution Before the Revolution’: Radical Organizing Across the Longue Durée in Twentieth Century Peru
David Nugent

6 Cosmogony and Second Nature in Revolutionary Cuba
Martin Holbraad

7 On the Question of Optimism in Troubled Times: Revolution, Tragedy and Possibility in Caribbean History
Brian Meeks

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi


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