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Critical Times (2021) 4 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 April 2021
... sociality), and one that relies on anthropological premises (servants have an already-present access to specific social potentials of their species being that the masters are missing). After considering these two options with regard to the proletariat as a form of subjugated sociality, the article makes...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 304–323.
Published: 01 August 2023
... of revolution. As a form of anthropological defamiliarization, the dream thus offers an opportunity for a speculative encounter with loss as a political-theological horizon of renewal. modabaei@princeton.edu © 2023 Milad Odabaei 2023 This is an open access article distributed under the terms...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., Mahmood earned degrees in architecture and urban planning before completing a PhD in anthropology at Stanford. At the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a professor of social anthropology with affiliations in Critical Theory, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the Center for Middle...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 3–4.
Published: 01 April 2019
... still speaking to me, and I am still responding. Mahmood refused to be corralled by academic boundaries (along the way to the anthropology doctorate from Stanford, she picked up an undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and two masters at the University of Michigan, in architecture...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 29–38.
Published: 01 April 2019
... to the social sciences, Saba Mahmood participated in a panel called “The Annual Debate on Anthropological Keywords” at the 116th meeting of the American Anthropological Association. 1 The keyword selected by the organizers was humanism . Saba spoke from her home in Berkeley, the audience watching her...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 13–22.
Published: 01 April 2019
.... With this notion of critique as care, I am pushing against a distinction between critique and care that I notice hardening in how my colleagues and graduate students approach anthropology, a distinction inspired by Bruno Latour's essay “Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam?” There, Latour distinguishes between...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 443–449.
Published: 01 December 2020
... that is born, that learns, succeeds and fails” 3 ). It might nonetheless seem awkward of me to float a poorly refreshed moniker for the human here, or worse, to propose a definition for anthropology according to Talal Asad. Asad, after all, begins by expressing highly justified reservations with regard...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 401–402.
Published: 01 December 2020
... into the core concepts of secular modernity and, primary among them, the twin concepts of religion and secularity. From his earliest work in this field, it is clear that Asad, in contrast to most scholars of anthropology and religious studies, never took religion to designate an object of analysis. Already...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 456–463.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., and a posthumous publication dedicated to his legacy was published as Recovering the Personal: The Philosophical Anthropology of William H. Poteat , edited by Dale W. Cannon and Ronald L. Hall. My own essay, “The Genealogy of Poteat's Philosophical Anthropology,” is included as chapter 4 and applies barzakh...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 244–256.
Published: 01 August 2023
..., the spatial movement of exile and migration, paired with exposure to conditions of economic crisis. In anthropology, parallax—used to describe a juxtaposition of knowledges across disparately located knowers, or relocations within a knower—has been said to capacitate the critique of culture as a stable...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 450–455.
Published: 01 December 2020
....” References Asad Talal . “ Conscripts of Western Civilization .” In Civilization in Crisis: Anthropological Perspectives , edited by Gailey Christine Ward , 333 – 51 . Vol. 1 of Dialectical Anthropology: Essays on Honor of Stanley Diamond . Gainesville : University Press of Florida...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 403–442.
Published: 01 December 2020
... aim is not to provide an account of his view of religion, and still less to make a contribution to anthropological theory. It is, in the most banal sense, an exercise in thinking. I turn to his philosophy to help me clarify some ideas about what is called “religion” in English. I am not, of course...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 471–477.
Published: 01 December 2020
... anthropological conceptions of ritual (though also within European society more broadly) that eventually culminate in what Asad will summarize as “the transformation of heterogeneous life (acting and being acted upon) into readable text.” 7 Through this transformation that ushers in secular modernity, life...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (3): 464–492.
Published: 01 December 2023
... thought seems to evolve in three clearly identifiable phases. Early on, he appears to work within the framework of modern academic disciplines, bringing insights from anthropology, structural semiotics, and poststructuralist literary theory to bear upon history to correct the latter's historicist...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (2): 475–494.
Published: 01 August 2022
... of resource extraction. 19 At the same time, however, autocracy is often invoked by those making arguments for “authenticity” and “tradition”—namely, in African contexts where patriarchy and gerontocracy appear as anthropological structures within so-called traditional societies. This—the purported...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (1): 227–233.
Published: 01 April 2022
... considered that this register of experience revealed ontological rather than merely anthropological or biological questions and distinguished the horizon of Freudian psychoanalysis from that of anthropology. 3 Critical of the enjoyment of the superego lurking behind the search for a chiasmus prior...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 464–470.
Published: 01 December 2020
... or replace them by their respective language games. . . . The replacement was merely a tactical move in his technique to in order to exorcise the demon that bewitched him into the quicksand of metaphysics [in the Tractatus ]” ( “Wittgenstein's Secret,” 22 ). 11. Furani, Redeeming Anthropology...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (1): 1–32.
Published: 01 April 2020
..., capitulation, and massacre in setting the stage for fascism results in an imperfect grasp of the “anthropological break” 13 epitomized by that particular regime. My first move, then, will be to indicate the contours (albeit only the contours) of a power paradigm that was shaped within the nexus...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 384–399.
Published: 01 December 2020
... there are anthropological questions—perhaps even theological ones. If it is true that violence dooms politics, this could be because politics always takes place in the realm of evil, testifying to the condition of dereliction in which the human species and the societies into which it is divided are plunged as a consequence...
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Critical Times (2018) 1 (1): 5–22.
Published: 01 April 2018
..., and elsewhere. Still others crafted new concepts of precarity, necropolitics, racialized assemblages, intersectionality, critical anthropology, and other theoretical frameworks to make sense of our present. 7 But the critical responses have felt fractured, at least from the perspective of traditional...