Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gideon Aran : Notes on Haredi Physicality – The hair

It is a commonplace in anthropological literature that hair on the head and face is an effective symbolic medium for expressing identity and changes in identity, especially because it is immediately noticeable and easy to manipulate. Hair is a familiar means for marking out a person’s position in relation to his society, be that a manifestation of identification and commitment, or reservation and opposition.

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Gideon Aran is a professor of Sociology & Anthropology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He studies both religion and extremism, and particularly their intersection, in Israel, in past and present Judaism, and in comparative perspective. Aran's research is based mainly on ethnographic fieldwork. In recent years his writing and teaching focus on fundamentalism, sects, cults and radical groups, religious violence, terrorism. Aran's forthcoming book concerns suicide bombing, especially in the Middle East. 
Professor Gideon Aran
Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
Hebrew University
Israel 91905
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