The Social Life of Spirits (BOK)

The Social Life of Spirits (BOK)

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Spirits can be haunters, informants, possessors, and transformers of the living, but more than anything anthropologists have understood them as representations of something else - symbols that articulate facets of human experience in much the same way works of art do. The Social Life of Spirits challenges this notion. By stripping symbolism from the way we think about the spirit world, the contributors of this book uncover a livelier, more diverse environment of entities - with their own histories, motivations, and social interactions - providing a new understanding of spirits not as symbols, but as agents. The contributors tour the spiritual globe - the globe of nonthings - in essays on topics ranging from the Holy Ghost in southern Africa to spirits of the "people of the streets" in Rio de Janeiro to dragons and magic in Britain. Avoiding a reliance on religion and belief systems to explain the significance of spirits, they reimagine spirits in a rich network of social trajectories, ultimately arguing for a new ontological ground upon which to examine the intangible world and its interactions with the tangible one.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forlag
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 9780226081632 Antall sider 296
Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,5cm Vekt 536 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Andre medvirkende Diana Espirito Santo, Ruy Llera Blanes
Emner og form Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

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