Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa / Edition 1

Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa / Edition 1

by Paul Christopher Johnson
     
 


"I'm extremely impressed by Johnson's book. Diaspora Conversions offers an outstanding combination of theoretical acuity, erudition, and ethnographic prowess. It is bound to become highly influential in the study of religion in motion."—Manuel A. Vasquez, co-author of Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas

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"I'm extremely impressed by Johnson's book. Diaspora Conversions offers an outstanding combination of theoretical acuity, erudition, and ethnographic prowess. It is bound to become highly influential in the study of religion in motion."—Manuel A. Vasquez, co-author of Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas

"Johnson's work bursts through the present conversations on African diaspora and brings us onto entirely new ground, shattering simplistic ideas and replacing them with critical distinctions. This smart and talented ethnographer succeeds in combining detailed and rich ethnographic fieldwork with an unrelentingly critical and sophisticated analysis. Johnson's work brings to life one of the most central, perhaps the most central, classic question of African American anthropology: "How is Black culture constituted, even through dislocation and displacement?"—Elizabeth McAlister, author of Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora

"Diasporic Conversions convincingly breaks new ground by showing how the meaning of 'homeland' is fundamentally a product of historically situated and contested forms of collective imagination. What will make Johnson's book a benchmark in the study of the African diaspora, and diasporic situations more generally, is that it is not just a richly documented and rigorously argued ethnography, but a genuine anthropology of historical consciousness."—Stephan Palmié, author of Wizards and Scientists: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Modernity and Tradition

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249691
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/03/2007
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
What Is Diasporic Religion?     30
"These Sons of Freedom": Black Caribs Licross Three Diasporic Horizons     60
Shamans at Work in the Villages     99
Shamans at Work in New York     125
Ritual in the Homeland; Or, Making the Land "Home" in Ritual     146
Ritual in the Bronx     186
Finding Africa in New York     205
Conclusion     227
Trajectory of a Moving Object, the Caldero     247
Notes     251
Glossary     287
Bibliography     291
Index     319

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