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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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Ethnography in the Time of Martyrs

Ethnography in the Time of Martyrs

History and Pain in Current Anthropological Practice

(p.21) Two Ethnography in the Time of Martyrs
Wording the World

Sylvain Perdigon

Fordham University Press

Informed by fieldwork in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, this chapter discusses the themes of pain, suffering, violence and death in key texts by Veena Das, Elizabeth Povinelli and Talal Asad. Anthropologists routinely encounter scenes of pain and suffering during fieldwork. These are aspects of ordinary life in the societies that anthropologists tend to study and increasingly become important thematics in their knowledge practices and understanding of history. The author then uses the anthropological understanding of suffering and violence to argue that ideas of pain and suffering also serves as a scaffolding for the modern regime of historicity, asking what forms of violence are recognized or misrecognized by it – the answer to which has everything to do with how this is emplotted in the linear narrative of history.

Keywords:   Palestinian refugee camp, Scenes of pain and suffering, Anthropological knowledge practices, Regimes of historicity, Misrecognition of pain

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