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Flesh, Bones, and Spirits 

Volume 10, Number 1

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The themes of life, suffering, healing, and recycling have a special resonance for this issue of HAU, which is reaching its ninth year, amidst the global coronavirus epidemic. Along the way, the journal has seen several ups and downs, peaks and troughs that have nearly buried it. But it persists, partly because of the strength of the vision to encourage theory produced out of ethnography rather than philosophy books; partly because it has extended its reach to exceptional thinkers and broadened its base with new voices and scholars from the South; and partly because it has reflectively and vigorously embraced change, and been repurposed with a new editorial collective and organizational structure to suit a challenging publishing landscape.

Flesh, bones, and spirits
Raminder Kaur, Andrew B. Kipnis, Luiz Costa, and Mariane C. Ferme
pp. 1–6
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Ethnographic views of Brazil’s (new) authoritarian turn
Federico Neiburg and Omar Ribeiro Thomaz
pp. 7–11
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“The revolution we are living”
Gabriel Feltran
pp. 12–20
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From hope to hate: The rise of conservative subjectivity in Brazil
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado and Lucia Mury Scalco
pp. 21–31
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The broken wave: Evangelicals and conservatism in the Brazilian crisis
Ronaldo de Almeida
pp. 32–40
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Hybrid warfare in Brazil: The highest stage of the military insurgency
Piero C. Leirner
pp. 41–49
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When ethics runs counter to morals
João Pina-Cabral
pp. 50–53
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“A mad exuberance”: The globalization of luxury
Marc Abélès
pp. 54–68
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Consuming belief: Luxury, authenticity, and Chinese patronage of Tibetan Buddhism in contemporary China
John Osburg
pp. 69–84
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Pedagogies of value: Marketing luxury in China
Máximo Badaró
pp. 85–98
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Italy as a national luxury brand for Chinese consumers: Global promotion and identity discontent
Lynda Dematteo
pp. 99–119
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The spaces of luxury in global cities: The consumption and appropriation of São Paulo’s upscale malls by the elite and the poor
Viviane Riegel
pp. 120–129
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Nobodies and somebodies: Power, bureaucracy, and citizenship in a London rehousing hub
Joshua Burraway
pp. 130–146
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The alienating inalienable: Rethinking Annette Weiner’s concept of inalienable wealth through Japan’s “sleeping kimono”
Julie Valk
pp. 147–165
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Experiencing presence: An interactive model of perception
Anna I. Corwin and Cordelia Erickson-Davis
pp. 166–182
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Hesiod’s Theogony and analogist cosmogonies
Olaf Almqvist
pp. 183–194
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Constructing cosmoscapes: Cosmological currents in conversation and contestation in contemporary Bolivia
Rosalyn Bold
pp. 195–208
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Ghost twitter in Indigenous Australia: Sentience, agency, and ontological difference
Francesca Merlan
pp. 209–235
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Situating time: New technologies at work, a perspective from Alfred Gell’s oeuvre
Jens Kjaerulff
pp. 236–250
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A timely encounter and a loss
Mariane C. Ferme
pp. 251–253
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Review of Jens Kjaerulff. “Situating time: New technologies at work, a perspective from Alfred Gell’s oeuvre”
Nancy Munn
pp. 254–258
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Note from the editorial collective of HAU Journal

Currently, it seems as if we are drowning in a cascade of crises, ranging from the ecological to the climatic, epidemiological, political, institutional, and industrial, that has left no part of the world untouched. Anthropologists cannot remain quiet about these challenges, reserving their views and opinions on current affairs only for rushed thoughts over coffees and blogs. We have conceived a new section for the journal, Currents, in the effort to ensure that embedded thought, agency, and ethnography remain on the front line of contemporary crises while engaging scholars from those regions to widen the horizon of Hau.

Currents is to consider our responses to the flows of the contemporary, as well as the resurgence of historical forces. With diverse contributions, these currents might be traversed by cross- and countercurrents as well, and we hope to highlight these in this rubric.

In an era of rising nationalisms and xenophobia, in this first Currents section, we consider ethnographic views on the troubling rise of Brazil’s “(new) authoritarian turn” edited by Federico Neiburg and Omar Ribeiro Thomaz.

The Currents pieces have been reviewed by the collective but not further afield in the bid to ensure that their reproduction is as swift as it can be bearing in mind the leviathan of publishing, and so as to ensure ethnography remains relevant to the modern world.

There is more in upcoming Currents on the unraveling of democracies however they are manifest, from diverse scholars based in Hong Kong, India, and Britain.

The University of Chicago Press informed us that due to a labor shortage linked to COVID-19 and closures, the journal typesetting was severely delayed. We apologize for the delay of our Issue 10.1.


Free Access and Open Global South Access (OSA) Programmes

The Society is firmly committed to the idea that access to knowledge and publishing quality must be achieved by mediating gratuity with sustainability. The journal pursues this ideal with two innovative models, where a balance between high publishing standards, knowledge sharing and sustainability is achieved without relying on unpaid labour, famished departmental research budgets and individual membership dues.

Each journal issue will be available to download for free for one month after release and be Green Open Access (in compliance of the UKRI requisites for REF submission). Each issue will include up to 5 Gold Open Access articles, which the Society would like to dedicate to indigenous authors or scholars from the Global South.

HAU journal is published (not owned) by the University of Chicago Press through an unprecedented, hybrid open access+subscription model. The decision to move towards this model was shaped by detailed consultations with the External Advisory Board in 2015-2017. UCP offered to keep the journal open access for 1 month after the release of each issue, to provide a Managing Editor, IT, marketing, typesetting support at any level, and to offer five articles per issue as permanently open access, and even free subscriptions to poor institutions. This is an unprecedented arrangement. A university press is trying very hard to invest in our initiative and preserve its mission and nature. A university press is a non-profit institution, a completely different entity from corporate behemoths like Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, or Taylor & Francis.

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