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Christian Moderns


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Dezember 2006

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

"Webb Keane's book demonstrates, once again, that nothing illuminates the puzzles of modernity as effectively as cross-cultural studies of colonial encounters. His careful, inter-disciplinary, and penetrating analysis of the semiotics of conversion to Dutch Calvinism in the Indonesian island of Sumba and his skillful blending of theological and anthropological issues will make this book a model for studies of religious conversion. It truly deserves a wide readership."--Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of "Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference"""Christian Moderns" is a wonderful exploration of the boundaries between material things, words, and agents, and the implications of their separation and interconnection for the master trope of modernity. In a rich and challenging analysis, . . . the book shows how a Christian modernity was negotiated and inhabited. The elaborate care with which Keane argues this thesis is truly impressive. I do not know of any other anthropological book on the same theme that can compare with it."--Talal Asad, author of "Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam"""Christian Moderns" is the kind of book every anthropologist would like to have written. Keane moves easily between the large and small picture: modernism, purification, and Protestantism; a religious conversion or the changing value of meat on the Indonesian island of Sumba. In developing a semiotic ideology, he is able to address at once verbal and material culture, ritual speech and exchange, innerness and sincerity, agency, intentionality and fetishism, and the mutual misrecognitions of the missionary and the 'pagan.' I knowof no book that is as sensitive to the embedded, the spiritual, conundra, of religious contact and conversion and yet remains rigorous in argument."--Vincent Crapanzano, author of "Serving the Word: Literalism in America from the Pulpit to the Bench""In this remarkable

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Locating Protestantism 1. Religion's Reach 2. Beliefs, Words, and Selves 3. Religion, Culture, and the Colonies 4. Conversion's Histories Part II. Fetishisms 5. Umbu Neka's Conversion 6. Fetishism and the Word 7. Modern Sincerity 8. Materialism, Missionaries, and Modern Subjects Part III. Purifications 9. Text, Act, Objectifications 10. Money Is No Object Afterword References Index

Portrait

Webb Keane is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is author of Signs of Recognition: Powers and Hazards of Representation in an Indonesian Society (UC Press).

Pressestimmen

"Webb Keane's book demonstrates, once again, that nothing illuminates the puzzles of modernity as effectively as cross-cultural studies of colonial encounters. His careful, inter-disciplinary, and penetrating analysis of the semiotics of conversion to Dutch Calvinism in the Indonesian island of Sumba and his skillful blending of theological and anthropological issues will make this book a model for studies of religious conversion. It truly deserves a wide readership." - Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference"
EAN: 9780520246522
ISBN: 0520246527
Untertitel: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter. 'The Anthropology of Christianity'. 3 b/w photographs, 1 line illustration. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University of California Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2006
Seitenanzahl: 336 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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