The Rhythm of Rupture: Attunement among Danish Jihadists

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Among my interlocutors, the Arab Spring of 2011 was received as a miracle that cut through the existing political order and called upon them to radically change their lives. From one day to the next, they gave up on their criminal careers, turned towards God and decided to travel to the Middle East to take up arms. The majority of young Danish jihadists have grown up in the context of Danish housing projects and in the shadow of their parents’ failed revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. Based on long-term fieldwork among immigrants in Denmark, this chapter explores how my interlocutors attune to the recursive ruptures that always are new again. I argue that sometimes people’s lives are so marked by ruptures that any continuity has collapsed; sometimes ruptures only come as rhythms: as continuous repetition of potential radical change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRuptures : Anthropologies of Discontinuity in Times of Turmoil
EditorsMartin Holbraad, Bruce Kapferer, Julia Sauma
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherUCL Press
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9781787356207
ISBN (Electronic)9781787356238
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Anja Kublitz (Lecturer)

    4 Nov 2019

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    Kublitz, A. (2019). The Rhythm of Rupture: Attunement among Danish Jihadists. In M. Holbraad, B. Kapferer, & J. Sauma (Eds.), Ruptures : Anthropologies of Discontinuity in Times of Turmoil (pp. 174-192). UCL Press.