1st Edition

Different Repetitions Anthropological Engagements with Figures of Return, Recurrence and Redundancy

Edited By Andreas Bandak, Simon Coleman Copyright 2021
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book takes the concept of repetition beyond older anthropological debates over habit, structure, or cultural continuity and demonstrates its value in attempts to comprehend the temporal, spatial and ideological fields in which contemporary social scientists must operate.

    Repetition has an ambiguous value in human societies. It may contribute to desired social and cultural reproduction or, equally, represent experiences of being trapped in cycles of routine and stasis. In this book, six anthropologists demonstrate the capacity of repetition to open up fertile areas of comparative ethnographic and historical work. Focusing on religious case-studies drawn from around the world, contributors ask when and how repetition is observed by interlocutors or fieldworkers. In the process, they explore the ethical, political and experiential dimensions of repetition as it operates at numerous scales of activity, ranging from intimate ritual, to forms of religious dissent, to haunting forms of historical recurrence.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of History and Anthropology.

    Introduction: Different repetitions: Anthropological engagements with figures of return, recurrence and redundancy

    Andreas Bandak and Simon Coleman

    1. The ultimate return: Dissent, apostolic succession, and the renewed ministry of roman catholic women priests

    Maya Mayblin

    2. Repetition in the work of a Samoan Christian theologian: Or, what does it mean to speak of the Perfect Pig of God?

    Matt Tomlinson

    3. From excess to encompassment: Repetition, recantation, and the trashing of time in Swedish Christianities

    Simon Coleman

    4. Repetition and uncanny temporalities: Armenians and the recurrence of genocide in the Levant

    Andreas Bandak

    5. The good and the bad of the same: On the political value of historical repetition in Angola

    Ruy Llera Blanes

    Afterword: Anthropology of/as repetition

    Morten Axel Pedersen


    Andreas Bandak is Associate Professor at the Department for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research interests centre on Orthodox and Catholic Christianity in the Levant. Currently, he leads the collective research project 'Archiving the Future: Re-Collections of Syria in War and Peace'.

    Simon Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Professor at the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Canada. His research interests include Pentecostalism and pilgrimage, and he has conducted fieldwork in Sweden, the United Kingdom and Nigeria. He is Co-editor of the journal Religion and Society.