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Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-socialist Contexts II : Historic and Ethnographic Case Studies
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Religion and magic have often played important roles in Baltic, Eastern European, and post-Soviet societies like those in Russia, Romania, Serbia, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, and Estonia. Taken together, the studies presented in this collection suggest that the idea that religion and magic are connected to each other in some consistent, universal way may be nothing more than a remnant from nineteenth-century anthropology. Further, these studies challenge another part of anthropology's historical legacy: the idea that magic is something that modernity and modernization will transcend. Rather, these studies suggest instead that magic is a form of work that brings modernity into being and helps render it intelligible to those who find themselves engaged in its creation.This volume brings together historical (pre- and post-1989), ethnographic, and area studies that look at the divergent roles of state, culture, society, tradition, and the individual in enactments of magic and religion. Assessing the role magic and religion have played in the countries of Eastern Europe and beyond before and after the Cold War, it is an absorbing read for scholars of anthropology and history as well as ethnology.
Number of Pages: 308
Genre: Social Science, Political Science, Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Soviet and Post-soviet Politics and Society
Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
Volume number: 2
Street Date: November 28, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-2650
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