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From the mouth of God: divine kinship and popular democratic politics

Forbess, Alice and Michelutti, Lucia (2013) From the mouth of God: divine kinship and popular democratic politics. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 2013 (67). pp. 3-18. ISSN 0920-1297

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Identification Number: 10.3167/fcl.2013.670101


This article proposes "divine kinship" as an analytical tool with which to explore the relation between the divine, "the people", and their political leaders and advance an ethnographically led comparative anthropology of democracy. More specifically, using the political ethnographies of five localities-North India, Venezuela, Montenegro, Russia, and Nepal-we discuss lived understandings of popular sovereignty, electoral representation, and political hope. We argue that charismatic kinship is crucial to understanding the processes by which political leaders and elected representatives become the embodiment of "the people", and highlight the processes through which "ordinary people" are transformed into "extraordinary people" with royal/divine/democratic qualities.

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Additional Information: © 2013 © Stichting Focaal and Berghahn Books
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 15:21
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:17

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