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Materiality: An Introduction
The limits of meaning : case studies in the anthropology of Christianity. Responsibility edited by Matthew Engelke and Matt Tomlinson.
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary Too often, anthropological accounts of ritual leave readers with the impression that everything goes smoothly, that rituals are "meaningful events. Drawing on research in the anthropology of Christianity from around the globe, the authors in this volume suggest that in order to analyze meaning productively, we need to consider its limits. This collection is a welcome new addition to the anthropology of religion, offering fresh debates on a classic topic and drawing attention to meaning in a way that other volumes have for key terms like "culture" and "fieldwork.
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Post a Comment. Friday, October 3, Toward an anthropology of Christianity. I've just read and enjoyed John Barker's recent book review essay in the latest issue of American Anthropologist vol , no 3 , "Toward an anthropology of Christianity".
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This is a significant move, not so much because it legitimates the historical and ethnographic study of Christianity within the discipline - that battle has largely been won - but because it suggests that anthropology can provide a unique perspective. In other words, the authors combine ethnographic study of Christian communities, practices and meanings with larger questions. In Cannell's edited volume, the larger questions circle around themes such as conversion, words and things.
I especially liked the chapters by Simon Coleman and Fenella Cannell on the use of words recitation, speaking, reading, writing , combined with the use of material things in the process notes, books, gifts. Their focus is on Christian communities in Sweden and the Philippines respectively.
The Limits of Meaning: Case Studies in the Anthropology of Christianity
I've already written a post on Engelke and Tomlinson's edited volume. The themes that come out strongly in their volume are meaning and ritual. And at some point I should write a separate post on Webb Keane. His work examines the relationship between subjects, objects, and language. In particular he looks at how Protestant Christians in Indonesia draw moral boundaries around themselves as modern subjects through constructing proper relationships to language and to objects around them.