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Magic and modernity : interfaces of revelation and concealment

Author: Birgit Meyer; Peter Pels
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2003.
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"Magic and Modernity is the first book to explore comparatively how magic--usually portrayed as the antithesis of the modern--is also something that is at home in modernity. "Magic" and "modernity" are rarely regarded as belonging together. Evolutionism regarded magic as quintessentially "unmodern." Although psychologists and romantic artists have sometimes declared magic to be a human universal, few modern scholars  Read more...
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Magic and modernity.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)650017262
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Birgit Meyer; Peter Pels
ISBN: 0804744637 9780804744638 0804744645 9780804744645
OCLC Number: 50630490
Description: viii, 390 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Between science and superstition: religion and the modern subject of the nation in colonial India / Gyan Prakash --
Undying past: spirit possession and the memory of war in southern Mozambique / Alcinda Honwana --
Robert Kaplan and "Juju journalism" in Sierra Leone's rebel war: the primitivizing of an African conflict / Rosalind Shaw --
The citizen's trance: the Haitian revolution and the motor of history / Laurent Dubois --
Hidden forces: colonialism and the politics of magic in the Netherlands Indies / Margaret J. Wiener --
On witch doctors and spin doctors: the role of "experts" in African and American politics / Peter Geschiere --
The magical power of the (printed) word / Martha Kaplan --
Ghanaian popular cinema and the magic in and of film / Birgit Meyer --
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: modern medicine between magic and science / Jojada Verrips --
Spirits of modernity: Alfred Wallace, Edward Tylor, and the visual politics of fact / Peter Pels --
Viscerality, faith, and skepticism: another theory of magic / Michael Taussig.
Responsibility: edited by Birgit Meyer and Peter Pels.
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This is the first book to explore comparatively how magic-usually portrayed as the antithesis of the modern-is also at home in modernity.  Read more...

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"[Magic and Modernity] is an important introduction and contribution to the anthropological side of this field," -- <I>Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft</I>

 
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