Spirited Things

Spirited Things

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The word a€œpossessiona€ is anything but transparent, especially as it developed in the context of the African Americas. There it referred variously to spirits, material goods, and people. It served as a watershed term marking both transactions in which people were made into thingsa€”via slaverya€”and ritual events by which the thingification of people was revised. In Spirited Things, Paul Christopher Johnson gathers together essays by leading anthropologists in the Americas that reopen the concept of possession on these two fronts in order to examine the relationship between African religions in the Atlantic and the economies that have historically shapeda€”and continue to shapea€”the cultures that practice them. Exploring the way spirit possessions were framed both by material thingsa€”including plantations, the Catholic church, the sea, and the phonographa€”as well as by the legacy of slavery, they offer a powerful new way of understanding the Atlantic world.Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 14, supplement: S93a€“S109. a€”a€”a€”. 2012. Truth in Motion: The Recursive Anthropology of Cuban Divination. Chicago : University of Chicago Press. ... 2006b. Essays Moral, Political, and Literary.

Title:Spirited Things
Author: Paul Christopher Johnson
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2014-05-07

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