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William Mazzarella

Anthropology
Portrait of William Mazzarella

William T. S. Mazzarella writes and teaches on the political anthropology of mass publicity, critical theory, affect and aesthetics, psychoanalysis, ritual and performance, and the occult shadow of the modern. His books include Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (DukeUniverstiy Press, 2003), Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (Duke University Press, 2013), The Mana of Mass Society (University of Chicago Press, 2017), and, with Eric Santner and Aaron Schuster, Sovereignty, Inc: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment (University of Chicago Press, 2020). He is also co-editor with Raminder Kaur of Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction (Indiana University Press, 2009), and editor of K D Katrak: Collected Poems (Poetrywala, 2016). His article “The Anthropology of Populism: Beyond the Liberal Settlement” appears in the 2019 issue of Annual Review of Anthropology. For a sampling of Mazzarella’s publications, please visit his academia.edu profile.

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