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Aesthetic Formations
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 278

Aesthetic Formations

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009-07-20
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  • Publisher: Springer

This book examines the incorporation of newly accessible mass media into practices of religious mediation in a variety of settings including the Pentecostal Church and Islamic movements, as well as the use of religious forms and image in the sphere of radio and cinema.

Sensational Movies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 408

Sensational Movies

  • Categories: Art

Tracing the rise and development of the Ghanaian video film industry between 1985 and 2010, Sensational Movies examines video movies as seismographic devices recording a culture and society in turmoil. This book captures the dynamic process of popular filmmaking in Ghana as a new medium for the imagination and tracks the interlacing of the medium’s technological, economic, social, cultural, and religious aspects. Stepping into the void left by the defunct state film industry, video movies negotiate the imaginaries deployed by state cinema on the one hand and Christianity on the other. Birgit Meyer analyzes Ghanaian video as a powerful, sensational form. Colliding with the state film industry’s representations of culture, these movies are indebted to religious notions of divination and revelation. Exploring the format of “film as revelation,” Meyer unpacks the affinity between cinematic and popular Christian modes of looking and showcases the transgressive potential haunting figurations of the occult. In this brilliant study, Meyer offers a deep, conceptually innovative analysis of the role of visual culture within the politics and aesthetics of religious world making.

Magic and Modernity
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 390

Magic and Modernity

This is the first book to explore comparatively how magic—usually portrayed as the antithesis of the modern—is also at home in modernity.

Commodities and the Power of Prayer
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 32

Commodities and the Power of Prayer

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1997
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Translating the Devil
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 265

Translating the Devil

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1999-01-01
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Birgit Meyer is a lecturer at the Research Centre of Religion and Society, University of Amsterdam.

Readings in Modernity in Africa
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 226

Readings in Modernity in Africa

A student guide to the variety of scholarly work on the issue of modernity in Africa.

Mediating Tradition
  • Language: en

Mediating Tradition

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2007
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Frauen im Männerbund
  • Language: de
  • Pages: 393
Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 336

Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere

"... one of those rare edited volumes that advances social thought as it provides substantive religious and media ethnography that is good to think with." -- Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College Increasingly, Pentecostal, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and indigenous movements all over the world make use of a great variety of modern mass media, both print and electronic. Through religious booklets, radio broadcasts, cassette tapes, television talk-shows, soap operas, and documentary film these movements address multiple publics and offer alternative forms of belonging, often in competition with the postcolonial nation-state. How have new practices of religious mediation transformed the public sphere? How has the adoption of new media impinged on religious experiences and notions of religious authority? Has neo-liberalism engendered a blurring of the boundaries between religion and entertainment? The vivid essays in this interdisciplinary volume combine rich empirical detail with theoretical reflection, offering new perspectives on a variety of media, genres, and religions.

Creativity in Transition
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 366

Creativity in Transition

In an era of intensifying globalization and transnational connectivity, the dynamics of cultural production and the very notion of creativity are in transition. Exploring creative practices in various settings, the book does not only call attention to the spread of modernist discourses of creativity, from the colonial era to the current obsession with 'innovation' in neo-liberal capitalist cultural politics, but also to the less visible practices of copying, recycling and reproduction that occur as part and parcel of creative improvization.