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Title: On being shege in Kinshasa: children, the occult and the street
Authors: De Boeck, Filip
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Blackwell
Host Document: A reader in the anthropology of religion edition:2nd revised pages:495-505
Article number: 38
Description: Book Data Full Description:
For anthropologists it has always been necessary to question and confront the components of religion, in order to understand its influence in society. In the second edition of the highly acclaimed "Reader in the Anthropology of Religion", Michael Lambek collects some of the most significant classic and contemporary writings on the subject, creating an unparalleled guide to the past, present, and future of the field. Including nine additional selections, among them classic pieces by Pouillon, Burridge, and Meyerhoff, as well as more contemporary work by Harding, De Boeck, and Palmie, this volume examines numerous aspects of religion in a diversity of cultures, and expands upon the idea of what we mean by 'religion', linking it to some of the broader questions of culture and politics.Lambek begins with a general introduction to familiarize the reader with the subject matter, and then prefaces each selection with helpful contextual remarks and suggestions for further reading. Additionally, the inclusion of research tools and an extensive bibliography indexed by both ethnographic region and religious topics and practices lends unsurpassed accessibility to this text.

(Contents List)
Acknowledgments.General Introduction.Part IUnderstanding and Debate:Opening Frameworks:Introduction.1. Religion in Primitive Culture: Edward Burnett Tylor.2. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Emile Durkheim.3. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Max Weber.4. Religion as a Cultural System: Clifford Geertz.Skeptical Rejoinders:Introduction.5. Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough: Ludwig Wittgenstein.6. Religion, Totemism and Symbolism: W. E. H. Stanner.7. Christians as Believers: Malcolm Ruel.8. The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category: Talal Asad.Part II: Poiesis: The Composition of Religious Worlds:Signs and Symbols:Introduction.9. The Logic of Signs and Symbols: Susanne K. Langer.10. The Problem of Symbols: E. E. Evans-Pritchard.11. On Key Symbols: Sherry B. Ortner.12. The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol: Eric Wolf.Structure, Function, and Interpretation:Introduction.13. Myth in Primitive Psychology: Bronislaw Malinowski.14. Folk Dialectics of Nature and Culture: Marshall Sahlins.15. Land Animals, Pure and Impure: Mary Douglas.16. A Jivaro Version of Totem and Taboo: Claude Levi-Strauss.17. Text-Building, Epistemology, and Aesthetics in Javanese Shadow Theatre: Alton Becker.Moral Inversions and Spaces of Disorder:Introduction.18. The Winnebago Trickster Figure: Paul Radin.19. Witchcraft and Sexual Relations: An Exploration in the Social and Semantic Implications of the Structure of Belief: Raymond C. Kelly.20. The Politics and Poetics of Transgression: Peter Stallybrass and Allon White.Conceptualizing the Cosmos.Introduction.21. Closure and Multiplication: An Essay on Polynesian Cosmology and Ritual Alfred Gell.22. Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism: Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.Part III: Praxis: Religious Action:The Movement in Ritual: Emergence:Introduction.23. The Control of Experience: Symbolic Action: Godfrey Lienhardt.24. Form and Meaning of Magical Acts: Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah.25. Liminality and Communitas: Victor Turner.Religion and Personal Experience:Introduction.26. Fate in Relation to the Social Structure: Meyer Fortes.27. Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience: Gananath Obeyesekere.28. Spirits and Selves in Northern Sudan: The Cultural Therapeutics of Possession and Trance: Janice Boddy.29. The Poetics of Time in Mayan Divination: Dennis Tedlock.What Ritual Does: The Foundations of Order:Introduction.30. The Disconnection between Power and Rank as a Process: Maurice Bloch.31. Enactments of Meaning: Roy A. Rappaport.Part IV: Historical Dynamics: Power, Modernity, and Change:Capitalism, Colonialism, Christianity, and Conflict:Introduction.32. The Genesis of Capitalism amongst a South American Peasantry: Devil's Labor and the Baptism of Money: Michael Taussig.33. The Colonization of Consciousness: John and Jean Comaroff.Religious Ethics and Politics in the State and the Transnational Scene:Introduction.34. Civil Religion in America: Robert N. Bellah.35. "Using the Past to Negate the Present": Ritual Ethics and State Rationality in Ancient China: Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang.36. Passional Preaching, Aural Sensibility, and the Islamic Revival in Cairo: Charles Hirschkind.37. Moral Landscapes: Ethical Discourses among Orthodox and Diaspora Jains: Anne Vallely.Part V: Research Tools:A Guide to the Literature. Bibliography. Index.



Baker&Taylor Table of Contents:
Preface to Second Edition xi
General Introduction 1 (18)
Part I The Context of Understanding and Debate 19 (108)
Opening Frameworks 21 (1)
Introduction 21 (2)
Religion in Primitive Culture 23 (11)
Edward Burnett Tylor
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life 34 (14)
Emile Durkheim
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of 48 (9)
Capitalism
Max Weber
Religion as a Cultural System 57 (22)
Clifford Geertz
Skeptical Rejoinders 77 (1)
Introduction 77 (2)
Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough 79 (3)
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Religion, Totemism and Symbolism 82 (8)
W. E. H. Stanner
Remarks on the Verb ``To Believe'' 90 (7)
Jean Pouillon
Christians as Believers 97 (13)
Malcolm Ruel
The Construction of Religion as an 110(17)
Anthropological Category
Talal Asad
Part II Poiesis: The Composition of Religious 127(172)
Worlds
Signs and Symbols 129(1)
Introduction 129(2)
The Logic of Signs and Symbols 131(8)
Susanne K. Lunger
The Problem of Symbols 139(12)
E. E. Evans-Pritchard
On Key Symbols 151(9)
Sherry B. Ortner
The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National 160(8)
Symbol
Eric R. Wolf
Structure, Function, and Interpretation 167(1)
Introduction 167(1)
Myth in Primitive Psychology 168(8)
Bronislaw Malinowski
Folk Dialectics of Nature and Culture 176(7)
Marshall Sahlins
Land Animals, Pure and Impure 183(13)
Mary Douglas
A Jivaro Version of Totem and Taboo 196(10)
Claude Levi-Strauss
Text-Building, Epistemology, and Aesthetics 206(20)
in Javanese Shadow Theatre
Alton L. Becker
Moral Inversions and Spaces of Disorder 225(1)
Introduction 225(1)
The Winnebago Trickster Figure 226(12)
Paul Radin
Witchcraft and Sexual Relations: An 238(15)
Exploration in the Social and Semantic
Implications of the Structure of Belief
Raymond C. Kelly
The Politics and Poetics of Transgression 253(14)
Peter Stallybrass
Allon White
Conceptualizing the Cosmos 265(1)
Introduction 265(2)
Closure and Multiplication: An Essay on 267(13)
Polynesian Cosmology and Ritual
Alfred Gell
Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian 280(19)
Perspectivism
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
Part III Praxis: Religious Action 299(130)
The Movement in Ritual: Emergence 301(1)
Introduction 301(1)
The Control of Experience: Symbolic Action 302(9)
Godfrey Lienhardt
Form and Meaning of Magical Acts 311(15)
Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
Liminality and Communitas 326(16)
Victor Turner
Gender, Subjectivity, and the Body 341(1)
Introduction 341(1)
``Jewish Comes Up in You from the Roots'' 342(8)
Barbara Myerhoff
Fate in Relation to the Social Structure 350(6)
Meyer Fortes
Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols 356(12)
and Religious Experience
Gananath Obeyesekere
Spirits and Selves in Northern Sudan: The 368(18)
Cultural Therapeutics of Possession and
Trance
Janice Boddy
The Poetics of Time in Mayan Divination 386(12)
Dennis Tedlock
What Ritual Does: The Foundations of Order 397(1)
Introduction 397(1)
The Disconnection between Power and Rank as 398(12)
a Process
Maurice Bloch
Enactments of Meaning 410(19)
Roy A. Rappaport
Part IV Historical Dynamics: Power, 429(168)
Modernity, and Change
Capitalism, Colonialism, Christianity, 431(1)
and Conflict
Introduction 431(1)
New Heaven, New Earth 432(15)
Kenelm Burridge
The Genesis of Capitalism amongst a South 447(17)
American Peasantry: Devil's Labor and the
Baptism of Money
Michael Taussig
The Colonization of Consciousness 464(15)
John
Jean Comaroff
Convicted by the Holy Spirit: The Rhetoric 479(16)
of Fundamental Baptist Conversion
Susan F. Harding
On Being Shege in Kinshasa: Children, the 495(14)
Occult and the Street
Filip De Boeck
Religious Ethics and Politics in the 507(1)
State, Public Sphere, and Transnational
Scene
Introduction 507(2)
Civil Religion in America 509(10)
Robert N. Bellah
Shamanic Practices and the State in 519(14)
Northern Asia: Views from the Center and
Periphery
Caroline Humphrey
``Using the Past to Negate the Present'': 533(11)
Ritual Ethics and State Rationality in
Ancient China
Mayfair Mei-hui Yang
Passional Preaching, Aural Sensibility, and 544(16)
the Islamic Revival in Cairo
Charles Hirschkind
Moral Landscapes: Ethical Discourses among 560(13)
Orthodox and Diaspora Jains
Anne Vallely
Candomble in Pink, Green and Black: 573(17)
Re-scripting the Afro-Brazilian Religious
Heritage in the Public Sphere of Salvador,
Bahia
Mattijs van de Port
Martyr vs. Martyr: The Sacred Language of 590(7)
Violence
Galit Hasan-Rokem
Afterword 597(14)
Evidence and Presence, Spectral and Other 598(13)
Stephan Palmie
Part V Research Tools 611(19)
A Guide to the Literature 613(17)
Bibliography 630(43)
Index 673
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3614-3
978-1-4051-3615-0 (hardback)
VABB publication type: VABB-4
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa

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