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Vital infrastructures

Volume 9, Number 2
Autumn 2019

We are delighted to present our 22nd issue, with twenty articles that remain free to download for one month. Five articles will be permanently open access. Enjoy!

  Vital infrastructures
Deborah Durham, Mariane C. Ferme, and Luiz Costa
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LECTURE, Lévi-Strauss Lecture 2018
  Inquiries raised by the dead
Vinciane Despret
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  Inquiries raised by the living
Joël Noret
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The ends of the dead
Michael Lambek
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  Mistrusting knowledge
Kamala Russell
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Mistrust and trust: Conjoined twins?
Peter Geschiere
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No need of trust
Marina Vanzolini
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  Teungku Sum’s dilemma: Ethical time, reflexivity, and the Islamic everyday
Daniel Andrew Birchok
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  Magic is science: Atheist conjuring and the exposure of superstition in South India
Stefan Binder
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  The digitalia of everyday life: Multi-situated anthropology of a virtual letter by a “foreign hand”
Raminder Kaur
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  Valueless value: The question of production in Cofán shamanism
Michael Cepek
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  Greek divination from an Amerindian perspective: Reconsidering “nature” in mantike
Tomás Bartoletti
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  Climaxing in other ways and other places: From plant spasms to psychopomp pillows
Agnès Giard, Emmanuel Grimaud, and Anne-Christine Taylor
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  Road animism: Reflections on the life of infrastructures
Matthäus Rest and Alessandro Rippa
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  The river grew tired of us: Spectral flows along the Mekong River
Andrew Alan Johnson
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  Life and its inflections in Kilimanjaro: Becoming and being beyond the metaphoric
Knut Christian Myhre
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  Karma and grace: Rivalrous reckonings of fortune and misfortune
Neena Mahadev
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  Life, domesticated and undomesticated: Ghosts, sacrifice, and the efficacy of ritual practice in early China
Michael Puett
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Amerindian political economies of life
Fernando Santos-Granero
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  Contemporary counterconduct
Paul Rabinow
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