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

Michelutti, L; Forbess, A; (2013) From the mouth of god: divine kinship and popular democratic politics. Foocal - Journal of Historical and Global Anthropology , Volume 2013, Winter 2013 (67) 3 - 18. 10.3167/fcl.2013.670101.

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Abstract

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

Type:Article
Title:From the mouth of god: divine kinship and popular democratic politics
DOI:10.3167/fcl.2013.670101
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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