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Revolutionary circles: A morphology of radical politics

Holbraad, M; Lamrani, M; (2021) Revolutionary circles: A morphology of radical politics. Focaal , 2021 (91) pp. 1-13. 10.3167/fcl.2021.910101. Green open access

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Abstract

Drawing on the contributions of this theme section, t his introduction stakes out an agenda for the anthropological study of revolutionary circles. Un-derstood as a powerful model of and for political action, the revolutionary circle renders the desire for radical political change as a function of the circular configu-ration of the group of people who pursue it. This correlation of political ends with social means puts questions of “political morphology”—actors’ concern with the shape of their relationships—at the center of revolutionary action. As the articles of the theme section illustrate, such a concern with social shapes plays itself out not only in questions of political organization, but also those of personal relationships and ethical comportment, practices of secrecy and dissemination, shared activities and values, and their different potentials for transformation over time.

Type: Article
Title: Revolutionary circles: A morphology of radical politics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/fcl.2021.910101
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3167/fcl.2021.910101
Language: English
Additional information: © The Authors 2021. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: circles, political morphology, radical politics, revolutionary, social morphology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137964
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