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Moebius Anthropology: Essays on the Forming of Form

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Moebius Anthropology

Essays on the Forming of Form

Don Handelman
Edited by Matan Shapiro and Jackie Feldman

484 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-854-2 $149.00/£111.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-855-9 eBook Not Yet Published

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“This is scintillating – and an engaging and compelling book… It is an extraordinary comment on the versatility and energy of twentieth century socio-cultural anthropology.” • Marilyn Strathern, University of Cambridge

“An ambitious retrospective of Don Handelman’s intellectual development… An invaluable resource for scholars of anthropology and ritual studies.” • Donna J. Young, University of Toronto Scarborough


Don Handelman’s groundbreaking work in anthropology is showcased in this collection of his most powerful essays, edited by Matan Shapiro and Jackie Feldman. The book looks at the intellectual and spiritual roots of Handelman’s initiation into anthropology; his work on ritual and on “bureaucratic logic”; analyses of cosmology; and innovative essays on Anthropology and Deleuzian thinking. Handelman reconsiders his theory of the forming of form and how this relates to a new theory of the dynamics of time. This will be the definitive collection of articles by one of the most important anthropologists of the late 20th Century.

Don Handelman is the Sarah Allen Shaine Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Matan Shapiro is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Bergen. His research in low-income contexts of Northeast Brazil deals with intimacy, play and the transformations of local networks of relatedness.

Jackie Feldman is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and head of the Rabb Center for Holocaust Studies. He researches pilgrimage and tourism, focusing on Jewish voyages to Poland, Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and performance in Holocaust museums in Israel and Germany.

Subject: Theory and Methodology Anthropology of Religion


List of Illustrations

Matan Shapiro and Jackie Feldman

Part I: Some Significant Formative Influences

Chapter 1. Henry Rupert, Washo Shaman
Chapter 2. Tracing Bureaucratic Logic Through Surprise and Abduction

Part II: Forming Form: Ritual and Bureaucratic Logic

Chapter 3. Why Ritual in Its Own Right? How So?
Chapter 4. Bureaucratic Logic
Chapter 5. Bureaucratic Logic, Bureaucratic Aesthetics –​ The Opening Event of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day in Israel

Part III: Cosmological Trajectories

Chapter 6. Passages to Play: Paradox and Process
Chapter 7. Framing Hierarchically, Framing Moebiusly
Chapter 8. Inter-gration and Intra-gration in Cosmology

Part IV: Deleuzian Intersections

Chapter 9. Self-Exploders, Self-Sacrifice, and the Rhizomic Organization of Terrorism
Chapter 10. Thinking Moebiusly: Can We Learn About Ritual from Cinema with Mulholland Drive?
Chapter 11. Folding and Enfolding Walls: Statist Imperatives and Bureaucratic Aesthetics in Divided Jerusalem

Epilogue: Forming Form, Folding Time (Toward Dynamics Through an Anthropology of Form)


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