Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2020-09-20T16:24:12+03:00 Matti Eräsaari Open Journal Systems <p><em>Suomen Antropologi – Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society</em> is an open access peer-reviewed publication which accepts scholarly articles, review articles, research reports, critical essays, conference reports, book reviews, and news and information in the field of anthropology and related studies.</p> Editor's note 2020-09-20T16:24:11+03:00 Matti Eräsaari 2020-09-20T16:04:59+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Matti Eräsaari “God is my bosom buddy”: experiencing faith and the role of ethnicity in Roma and Kaale missionizing among Roma in Estonia and Latvia 2020-09-20T16:24:11+03:00 Eva-Liisa Roht-Yilmaz <p>This article draws on ethnographic fieldwork materials in the form of participant observation and interviews and looks at the mission encounter between the <em>Kaale</em> (Finnish Roma) missionaries and the traditionally Lutheran, Russian Orthodox or Catholic Roma in Estonia and the Vidzeme region in Latvia. The aim of the article is to discuss the role of ethnicity in the mission work conducted by the <em>Kaale</em> and by the local Roma. I demonstrate how the usage of ethnic elements and a culture specific approach in mission relates to bodily and emotionally experiencing God’s presence among the born-again Roma community in this region and how it impacts the success of the mission. Pentecostalism is known for its promise of equality of all peoples before God and at the same time for accommodating its proselytizing message to different conditions, fitting its mission to the local people and situation. This becomes also apparent in the current case where in the multicultural and multilingual mission setting sensations and aesthetics take up an especially important role.</p> 2020-09-20T15:59:30+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Eva-Liisa Roht-Yilmaz Phantom rebellion: performing the state in a Montenegrin village and beyond 2020-09-20T16:24:12+03:00 Klāvs Sedlenieks <p>The article is centred around an event in Njeguši, a small village in Montenegro, whereby a group of people tried to honour their ancestor by inauguration of a small church and a commemorative building. Unexpectedly, the event was forbidden, the police showed up as if to prevent violence. I interpret this event through reference to various phantoms that one could have encountered in this process and argue that people in Njeguši, just as well as elsewhere, perform the state through reference to and interaction with such phantoms. They make conscious decisions about alliances with particular forms of phantoms. I argue that when it comes to state, phantoms are not simply imaginative discrepancies from reality, but form actual content of the state, they are part of the process through which the state is performed.</p> 2020-09-20T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Klavs Sedlenieks Reprises: Seeing like an author: early Bakhtin for anthropologists 2020-09-20T16:24:12+03:00 Ilana Gershon <p>How would the anthropology of the 1990’s have been different if anthropologists understood what it meant to be a writing subject describing Others the way that Bakhtin did? These questions are undercurrents in this essay, as I summarize what early Bakhtin has to offer contemporary anthropology so that you, gentle reader, might make a more informed decision about whether it is worth tackling this exhaustingly dense prose yourself, since these are manuscripts less concerned with specific novels or utterances than with the nature of Being and the underlying relationality of the self.</p> 2020-09-20T16:14:59+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Ilana Gershon Lynteris, Human Extinction and the Pandemic Imaginary 2020-09-20T16:24:12+03:00 Jose Cañada 2020-09-20T16:21:02+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jose Cañada