Experiments with power : Obeah and the remaking of religion in Trinidad (eBook, 2020) [WorldCat.org]
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Experiments with power : Obeah and the remaking of religion in Trinidad

Author: J Brent Crosson
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Series: Class 200, new studies in religion.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"J. Brent Crosson's Experiments with Power opens in Trinidad in 2011 with the declaration of a state of emergency. Arguing that the nation's dramatic upsurge in violence was due to "thugs" and "demons," the government arrested thousands of people, mostly black men from lower-class neighborhoods. Under martial law, the police and military enjoyed near-total impunity and yet, to everyone's surprise, six of the seven  Read more...
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Crosson, J. Brent (Jonathan Brent).
Experiments with power.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2020
(DLC) 2019052057
(OCoLC)1117900904
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Brent Crosson
ISBN: 9780226705514 022670551X
OCLC Number: 1175589561
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
Part One: The depths --
Interlude 1: Number Twenty-One Junction --
What Obeah does do : Religion, violence, and law --
Interlude 2: In the valley of dry bones --
Experiments with justice : on turning in the grave --
Interlude 3: To balance the load --
Electrical ethics : on turning the other cheek --
Part Two: The nations --
Interlude 4: Where the Ganges meets the Nile, I --
Blood lines : race, sacrifice, and the making of religion --
Interlude 5: Where the Ganges meets the Nile, II --
A tongue between nations : spiritual work, secularism, and the art of crossover --
Part Three: The heights --
Interlude 6: Arlena's haunting --
High science --
Epilogue: the ends of tolerance.
Series Title: Class 200, new studies in religion.
Responsibility: J. Brent Crosson.
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"J. Brent Crosson's Experiments with Power opens in Trinidad in 2011 with the declaration of a state of emergency. Arguing that the nation's dramatic upsurge in violence was due to "thugs" and "demons," the government arrested thousands of people, mostly black men from lower-class neighborhoods. Under martial law, the police and military enjoyed near-total impunity and yet, to everyone's surprise, six of the seven police officers involved in civilian deaths were actually arrested for murder. The single-word explanation, in the words of a TV host, was obeah, sorcery. Crosson uses this episode to set up an illuminating ethnography of Trinidad's complex religious ecosystem. Obeah is a pejorative term to describe the activities of Afro-Caribbean spiritual workers, ones long associated with retributive force. Obeah was only decriminalized in Trinidad in 2000, and it remains a crime in much of the rest of the Anglophone Caribbean. Crosson examines obeah as a category and interrogates legal, religious, and popular definitions of the work, including those generated by the spiritual workers themselves. In describing their own justice-making practices as work, science, and experiments with power, obeah practitioners challenge the moral and racial foundations of the Western category of religion and offer a way of reframing religious practice as a critique of the exclusionary limits of religion in modernity"--

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