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Representations and perceptions of fraudulent identities
Author: Tobias B. Hug

Impostors and impostures featured prominently in the political, social and religious life of early modern England. Who was likely to be perceived as impostor, and why? This book offers a full-scale analysis of this multifaceted phenomenon. Using approaches drawn from historical anthropology and micro-history, it investigates changes and continuities within the impostor phenomenon from 1500 to the late eighteenth century, exploring the variety of representations and perceptions of impostors, and their deeper meanings within the specific contexts of social, political, religious, institutional and cultural change. The book examines a wide range of sources, from judicial archives and other official records to chronicles, newspapers, ballads, pamphlets and autobiographical writings. Given that identity is never fixed, but involves a performative dimension, changing over time and space, it looks at the specific factors which constitute identity in a particular context, and asks why certain characteristics of an allegedly false identity were regarded as fake.

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The relic state
Pamila Gupta

differing agendas, collective and individual. In the following sections I lay out some of the general contours of this historical anthropology project; they in turn will illuminate some of the principal theoretical and methodological concerns and interventions underpinning this body of work. Colonial and postcolonial studies: ‘provincializing’ Portugal One

in The relic state
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Identities and incitements
Saurabh Dube

) of social worlds. These are issues to which I shall return. The point now is that the account ahead explores the elaborations of identities within historical anthropology, including postcolonial perspectives and subaltern approaches. In these domains, identities have been articulated as part of critical considerations, at once theoretical and empirical, not only of colony and community and empire and nation, but also of

in Subjects of modernity
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Xavier and the Portuguese colonial legacy
Pamila Gupta

conceptual investments of this historical anthropology project: to ‘translate’ saint veneration to a colonial context; to examine the spiritual and the material aspects of colonialization and missionization; to look at the production of a relational triad of church, state, and public at five different historical moments through the lens of ritual; to delve into the space of ritual as a practical and

in The relic state
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An introduction
Saurabh Dube

-modern/trans-modern that have characterized South Asian subaltern studies, Latin American scholarship on coloniality/decoloniality, and postcolonial perspectives at large. The critical concerns extend to the tangible presence yet ambivalent articulations of time/space – turning on “culture” and “tradition” – in formations of history, anthropology, and historical anthropology. On offer are intellectual

in Subjects of modernity
A conceptual history 1200–1900

This collection explores how concepts of intellectual or learning disability evolved from a range of influences, gradually developing from earlier and decidedly distinct concepts, including ‘idiocy’ and ‘folly’, which were themselves generated by very specific social and intellectual environments. With essays extending across legal, educational, literary, religious, philosophical, and psychiatric histories, this collection maintains a rigorous distinction between historical and contemporary concepts in demonstrating how intellectual disability and related notions were products of the prevailing social, cultural, and intellectual environments in which they took form, and themselves performed important functions within these environments. Focusing on British and European material from the middle ages to the late nineteenth century, this collection asks ‘How and why did these concepts form?’ ‘How did they connect with one another?’ and ‘What historical circumstances contributed to building these connections?’ While the emphasis is on conceptual history or a history of ideas, these essays also address the consequences of these defining forces for the people who found themselves enclosed by the shifting definitional field.

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Lynn Abrams

reflections 8 Reflections The past as personal his study has been a work of historical anthropology. It has been impossible to separate the past from the present because the past is constantly reified and reconstituted in the present. The combination of approaches – historical and anthropological – has proved essential in Shetland, where the past is not somewhere or something forgotten but a vibrant, living place which is constantly evoked in order to make sense of the present.1 And women have a prominent place in both time-scapes. The past is personal in the

in Myth and materiality in a woman’s world
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Time and space
Saurabh Dube

was hard not to feel a lingering, latent disquiet toward uneasy determinations of singular hierarchical time – that indicated antinomian social spaces – within subaltern studies. 8 Clearly, my research project – and wider academic interests – turned on the interplay between history and anthropology. It followed that I read enthusiastically in the emerging field of historical anthropology, particularly

in Subjects of modernity
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Entanglements and ambiguities
Saurabh Dube

contradictions and contentions of modernity, ever shaped by configurations of time and space, from the braiding of analytical and hermeneutic orientations to the making of historical anthropology. Anthropology and time For a very long time now, anthropological understandings have displayed varied dispositions toward issues of temporality and history, from willing disregard and uneasy

in Subjects of modernity
‘The fantastic ethnography’ of Sir Walter Ralegh and Baconian experimentalism
Line Cottegnies

Neil Whitehead, ‘The historical anthropology of text: the interpretation of Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana ’, Current Anthropology , 36.1 ( 1995 ), pp. 53–74. 18 Ralegh, The Discoverie of Guiana , p. 178

in A knight’s legacy