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The Power of Example. Anthropological Explorations in Persuasion, Evocation and Imitation. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Book Series

  • ID: 3110400
  • Journal
  • July 2015
  • Region: Global
  • 212 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

From evoking explicit imagery to drawing cross–cultural parallels, examples and exemplification play an integral role in anthropological theory and practice. The Power of Example is a curated collection of essays that both explore the evocative and persuasive power of exemplary examples in social life, and analyze exemplification s role in anthropology. The specific case studies included illustrate the pervasive influence of exemplification across global cultures, from Christian typology to Palestinian womanhood. With contributions from established and up–and–coming anthropologists, as well as leading scholars of religious and cultural studies, the collection offers a balanced and original approach to understanding how and why examples are so powerful.

Ambitiously tackling one of the most pivotal components of anthropological inquiry,
The Power of Example encourages students and scholars alike to take a closer look at examples and their influence.
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Notes on Contributors
Introduction: the power of example (Lars Højer and Andreas Bandak)

  1. Ritual, value, and example: on the perfection of cultural representations (Joel Robbins)
  2. The burden of being exemplary: national sentiments, awkward witnessing, and womanhood in occupied Palestine (Lotte Buch Segal)
  3. Exemplary series and Christian typology: modelling on sainthood in Damascus (Andreas Bandak)
  4. Double standards: examples and exceptions in scientific metrological practices in Brazil (Antonia Walford)
  5. Revolution is the way you eat: exemplification among left radical activists in Denmark and in anthropology (Stine Krøijer)
  6. The failed image and the possessed: examples of invisibility in visual anthropology and Islam (Christian Suhr)
  7. Paradoxical paradigms: moral reasoning, inspiration, and problems of knowing among Orthodox Christian monastics (Alice Forbess)
  8. How to do things with examples: Sufis, dreams, and anthropology (Amira Mittermaier)
  9. Anthropological tropes and historical tricksters: pilgrimage as an example of persuasion (Simon Coleman)
  10. Of figures and types: brokering knowledge and migration in Indonesia and beyond (Johan Lindquist)
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Andreas Bandak
Lars Højer
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