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Ruptures

Anthropologies of Discontinuity in Times of Turmoil

Distributed for UCL Press

Ruptures

Anthropologies of Discontinuity in Times of Turmoil

A “rupture” is a radical and often forceful discontinuity, an active ingredient of a world in turmoil, lying at the heart of some of the most defining experiences of our time, including the rise of populist politics and the corollary impulse towards protest and revolutionary change.

            With Ruptures, editors Martin Holbraad, Bruce Kapferer, and Julia F. Sauma have brought together leading and emerging international anthropologists to explore the concept of rupture in select ethnographic and historical contexts. Among the contributions are chapters that look at images of the guillotine in the French Revolution, reactions to Trump’s election in the United States, 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 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.
 

248 pages | 8 halftones | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Critical Ruptures
Martin Holbraad, Bruce Kapferer and Julia F. Sauma
1. The Guillotine: Reflections on Violent Revolutionary Rupture
Caroline Humphrey
2. Rupture and Repair: A Museum of the Red Age Confronts Historical Nihilism
Michael Rowlands, Stephan Feuchtwang and Lisheng Zhang
3. Times Like the Present: Political Rupture and the Heat of the Moment
Carol J. Greenhouse
4. Inner Revolution: Reaction and Rupture in a Danish Lutheran Movement
Morten Axel Pedersen
5. Blurring Rupture: Frames of Conversion in Japanese Catholicism
Tobia Farnetti
6. Writing as Rupture: On Prophetic Invention in Central Africa
Ramon Sarró
7. Slow Rupture: The Art of Sneaking in an Occupied Forest
Stine Krøijer
8. The Rhythm of Rupture: Attunement among Danish Jihadists
Anja Kublitz
9. Earthquake Citizens: Disaster and Aftermath Politics in India and Nepal
Edward Simpson and Michele Serafini
Afterword: Some Reflections on Rupture
Joel Robbins
Index

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