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Contemporary Liminality: Contemporary Liminality


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Home: The Foundations of Belonging

Home: The Foundations of Belonging

1st Edition

Paul O'Connor
April 15, 2019

Questions of home and belonging have never been more topical. Populist politicians in both Europe and America play on anxieties over globalisation by promising to reconstitute the national home, through cutting immigration and ‘taking back control’. Increasing numbers of young people are unable to...

Permanent Liminality and Modernity: Analysing the Sacrificial Carnival through Novels

Permanent Liminality and Modernity: Analysing the Sacrificial Carnival through Novels

1st Edition

Arpad Szakolczai
January 03, 2019

This book offers a comprehensive sociological study of the nature and dynamics of the modern world, through the use of a series of anthropological concepts, including the trickster, schismogenesis, imitation and liminality. Developing the view that with the theatre playing a central role, the...

Divinization and Technology: The Political Anthropology of Subversion

Divinization and Technology: The Political Anthropology of Subversion

1st Edition

Agnes Horvath, Camil Francisc Roman, Gilbert Germain
December 13, 2018

This book offers a political anthropological discussion of subversion, exploring its imbrication with technological and divinization practices, and uncovering some of its particular effects on human existence, from prehistory until the contemporary age. Subversion is often romanticized as a means...

Power, Legitimacy and the Public Sphere: The Iranian Ta’ziyeh Theatre Ritual

Power, Legitimacy and the Public Sphere: The Iranian Ta’ziyeh Theatre Ritual

1st Edition

Amin Sharifi Isaloo
October 26, 2018

A ground-breaking study of political transformations in non-Western societies, this book applies anthropological, sociological and political concepts to the recent history of Iran to explore the role played by a ritual theatrical performance (Ta’ziyeh) and its symbols on the construction of public...

The Spectacle of Critique: From Philosophy to Cacophony

The Spectacle of Critique: From Philosophy to Cacophony

1st Edition

Tom Boland
August 01, 2018

Far from being the preserve of a few elite thinkers, critique increasingly dominates public life in modernity, leading to a cacophony of accusation and denunciation around all political issues. The technique of unmasking ‘power’ or ‘hegemony’ or ‘ideology’ has now been adopted across the political...

Walling, Boundaries and Liminality: A Political Anthropology of Transformations

Walling, Boundaries and Liminality: A Political Anthropology of Transformations

1st Edition

Agnes Horvath, Marius Ion Benţa, Joan Davison
July 30, 2018

Contemporary challenges related to walls, borders and encirclement, such as migration, integration and endemic historical conflicts, can only be understood properly from a long-term perspective. This book seeks to go beyond conventional definitions of the long durée by locating the social practice...

The Rise of Consumer Capitalism in America, 1880 - 1930

The Rise of Consumer Capitalism in America, 1880 - 1930

1st Edition

Cesare Silla
April 10, 2018

This book offers a genealogical account of the rise of consumer capitalism, tracing its origins in America between 1880 and 1930 and explaining how it emerged to become the dominant form of social organization of our time. Asking how it was that we came to be consumers who live in societies that...

Politics with a Human Face: Identity and Experience in Post-Soviet Europe

Politics with a Human Face: Identity and Experience in Post-Soviet Europe

1st Edition

Arvydas Grišinas
March 29, 2018

Politics with a Human Face presents a holistic understanding of identity formation in post-Soviet Europe, arguing that since politics is fundamentally a human affair. In order to adequately understand it, one needs to understand its human side first. Drawing on the thought of Dilthey, Ricoeur and...

Walking into the Void: A Historical Sociology and Political Anthropology of Walking

Walking into the Void: A Historical Sociology and Political Anthropology of Walking

1st Edition

Arpad Szakolczai, Agnes Horvath
October 17, 2017

The book starts by discussing the significance of walking for the experience of being human, including a comparative study of the language and cultures of walking. It then reviews in detail, relying on archaeology, two turning points of human history: the emergence of cave art sanctuaries and a new...

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