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13:15 - 13:45 25 May 2016

Democratic cultures and charisma


IAS Seminar Room 20 | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

In South Asia, ‘gangster politicians’ and their ‘mafias’ have become objects of fear, admiration and fantasy. The talk illustrates what it means to conduct a collaborative ethnography on crime and politics across the subcontinent; it highlights how powerful ‘criminal’ heroic figures are made and how bosses rule de facto on the ground. Analytically it engages with classical anthropological debates around the figure of ‘the big man’, charisma and democratic sovereignty.


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