Special Section: Anthropologies of Destiny

Elliot, Alice and Menin, Laura, eds. 2018. Special Section: Anthropologies of Destiny, HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 8(1-2). 2049-1115 [Edited Journal]

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The articles in this collection show how destiny’s distinguishing heuristic feature may be what we call “malleable fixity”: a paradoxical juxtaposition of images of temporal and historical fixity with a practical reckoning and open-ended self-reorientation. Exploring the radically different ways in which destiny is evoked, enacted, and (re)theorized locally, we argue that an anthropology of destiny is, at its heart, the comparative study of diverse temporal orderings of human—as well as divine and cosmic—action.

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destiny, malleable fixity, action, temporality, freedom

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30 Apr 2018 10:56

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14 Dec 2018 15:46



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