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Le bandit et ses mythes

Abstract : From Pablo Escobar to Phoolan Devi, myths featuring bandits (more or less socially-responsible) have grown in popularity and reach and are disseminated through digital media. Constructed through processes of transcultural bricolage, these myths celebrate bandits, gangsters and mafia politicians, dead or alive, as effective weapons in the present. At the same time, they project an uncertain posthumous future for the bandit. In these myths, fact and fiction are fused to give birth to powerful fictional realities that exceed the life of these figures, giving them sometimes unexpected post-mortem careers. This introduction reveals how these fictional realities are elaborated through a process of ‘myth scripting’ that becomes constitutive of bandits’ authority. This concept is also our ethnographic object: we explore an everyday fabrication of seduction, fascination and terror indissociable from the bandits’ capacity to spur others to action that is essential to the criminal political economy.
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Lucia Michelutti, David Picherit. Le bandit et ses mythes. Terrain : revue d'ethnologie de l'Europe , Ministère de la culture, Sous-direction ARCHETIS-DAPA, 2021, ⟨10.4000/terrain.21028⟩. ⟨hal-03224040⟩

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