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This panel examines social practices that transgress competing regimes of authority within shared social spaces to illuminate processes involved in the typification of social practices as alternately legal/illegal, obligatory/forbidden, sacred/profane across social boundaries.
This panel examines social practices that transgress competing regimes of authority within shared social spaces. Laws are often associated with states, yet communities of practice operating at scales both larger and smaller than state formations operate with their own rules which bring them into varying degrees of evasion, friction, or open conflict with states' legal frameworks. This panel illuminates the processes involved in the contested typifications of social practices as alternately legal / illegal, obligatory / forbidden, sacred / profane across social boundaries. For practices that have been stigmatized by the mark of illegality, how has stigma been contested, embraced, or transformed by practitioners? How have acts of contestation reconfigured transgressive practices themselves? What actors - whether human or non-human - come to mediate across these social boundaries? We are particularly interested in dynamics of religious practice, public performance, and the state, but welcome all papers that examine social practices which bring conflicting regimes of authority into degrees of dialogue and/or conflict across social boundaries.