This volume examines Russia’s war on Ukraine. Scholars who have lived through the Russian invasion or who have conducted ethnographic research in the region for decades provide timely analysis of a war that will leave a lasting mark on the twenty-first century.

Using the concept of dispossession, this volume showcases some of the novel ways violence operates in the Russian-Ukrainian war and the multiple means by which civilians, within the conflict zone and beyond, have become active participants in the war effort. Anthropological perspectives on war provide on-the-ground insight, historically informed analysis, and theoretical engagement to depict the experiences of dispossession by war and the motivations that drive the responses of the dispossessed. Such perspectives humanize the victims even as they depict the very inhumanity of war.

Dispossession is geared towards upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, and the general reader who seeks to have a deeper understanding of the Russian-Ukrainian war as it continues to impact geopolitics more broadly.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

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War and dispossession
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part I|117 pages

Experiencing loss through dispossession and displacement

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The time that was taken from us

Temporal experiences after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine
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chapter 3|19 pages

Population displacement and the Russian occupation of Crimea

“Never again” becomes “again and again”
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chapter 4|18 pages

No longer a citizen

Dispossession in Eastern Ukraine
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chapter 6|19 pages

Faith and war

Grassroots Ukrainian Protestantism in the context of the Russian invasion
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part II|101 pages

Radical openness and responding to dispossession

chapter 7|24 pages

Memes as antibodies

Creativity and resilience in the face of Russia's war
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chapter 8|21 pages

“Russian Warship, Go F*ck Yourself”

Circulating social media discourses in the Russia–Ukraine War
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chapter 9|20 pages

Responses to dispossession

Self-organization and the state
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chapter 11|17 pages

Meeting the other

Peacebuilding and religious actors in a time of war
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