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The bandit and his myths the collective production of violent charisma [Introduction]

Michelutti, L; Picherit, D; (2021) The bandit and his myths the collective production of violent charisma [Introduction]. Terrain (74) 10.4000/TERRAIN.21604. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

From Pablo Escobar to Phoolan Devi, myths featuring bandits (more or less socially-responsible) have grown in popularity and reach and are disseminated through digital media. Constructed through processes of transcultural bricolage, these myths celebrate bandits, gangsters and mafia politicians, dead or alive, as effective weapons in the present. At the same time, they project an uncertain posthumous future for the bandit. In these myths, fact and fiction are fused to give birth to powerful fictional realities that exceed the life of these figures, giving them sometimes unexpected post-mortem careers. This introduction reveals how these fictional realities are elaborated through a process of ‘myth scripting’ that becomes constitutive of bandits’ authority. This concept is also our ethnographic object: we explore an everyday fabrication of seduction, fascination and terror indissociable from the bandits’ capacity to spur others to action that is essential to the criminal political economy.

Type: Article
Title: The bandit and his myths the collective production of violent charisma [Introduction]
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4000/TERRAIN.21604
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4000/terrain.21604
Language: English
Additional information: Terrain est mis à disposition selon les termes de la Licence Creative Commons Attribution - Pas d'Utilisation Commerciale - Pas de Modification 4.0 International.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10152529
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