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Africas of the Americas: Beyond the Search for Origins in the Study of Afro-Atlantic Religions (Hardback)

Stephan Palmie

Edité par Brill, Netherlands, 2008
ISBN 10: 9004164723 / ISBN 13: 9789004164727
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Titre : Africas of the Americas: Beyond the Search ...

Éditeur : Brill, Netherlands

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. The anthropology and history of African American religious formations has long been dominated by approaches aiming to recover and authenticate the historical transatlantic continuities linking such traditions to identifiable African source cultures. While not denying such continuities, the contributors to this volume seek to transcend this research agenda by bracketing Africa and African pasts as objective givens, and asking instead what role notions of Africanity and pastfulness play in the social and ritual lives of historical and contemporary practitioners of Afro-Atlantic religious formations. The volume s goal is to open up contextually salient claims to African origins to empirical scrutiny, and so contribute to a broadening of the terms of debate in Afro-Atlantic studies. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9789004164727

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Synopsis : The anthropology and history of African American religious formations has long been dominated by approaches aiming to recover and authenticate the historical transatlantic continuities linking such traditions to identifiable African source cultures. While not denying such continuities, the contributors to this volume seek to transcend this research agenda by bracketing 'Africa' and 'African pasts' as objective givens, and asking instead what role notions of 'Africanity' and 'pastfulness' play in the social and ritual lives of historical and contemporary practitioners of Afro-Atlantic religious formations. The volume's goal is to open up contextually salient claims to 'African origins' to empirical scrutiny, and so contribute to a broadening of the terms of debate in Afro-Atlantic studies.

Critique: " ... the value of this book is at least two-fold.: It is at once a counterparadigm to traditional Afro-Americanist religious studies and a subtle but sharp critique of what Vassos Argyrou has called the "ethnological predicament" (2002: 2), that in having traditionally placed themselves as the arbitrors of 'difference', anthropologists have implicitly claimed for themselves an ahistorical observer's perspective they clearly do not occupy, in either ideological or practical terms." Diana Espirito Santo, Institute de Ciencias Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa. (Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 2010)

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