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Publication . Other literature type . Article . 2021

Toward a comparative anthropology of activism: activist identity formations in Germany and Uganda

Žiga Podgornik-Jakil; Jonas Bens;
Open Access
Published: 19 Jun 2021 Journal: Dialectical Anthropology (issn: 0304-4092, eissn: 1573-0786, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Country: Germany
Abstract
AbstractThere is an ongoing debate in anthropology on the kinds of subject positions activists ascribe to the marginalized actors they encounter and the political consequences this brings about. Drawing from ethnographic research on refugee activism in Germany and transitional justice activism in Uganda, we revisit the respective debates on humanitarian activism, human rights activism, and political activism and argue to reframe the analysis. Instead of looking for the “right” subject position activists should ascribe to the people they engage with, the anthropology of activism should embrace a research approach that looks at the material conditions, in which activists and their subjects find themselves in and the kind of agency they are able to develop within these conditions.
Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Subject (philosophy) Identity (social science) Transitional justice Agency (philosophy) Political science Anthropology Refugee Human rights media_common.quotation_subject media_common Politics Ethnography

Dewey Decimal Classification: ddc:300 ddc:320

Subjects

Sociology and Political Science, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Anthropology, Humanitarianism, Human rights, Political activism, European ���refugee crisis���, Transitional justice, 300 Sozialwissenschaften::320 Politikwissenschaft::320 Politikwissenschaft, Humanitarianism, Human rights, Political activism, European “refugee crisis”, Transitional justice

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