Magic and Modernity: Interfaces of Revelation and Concealment

Magic and Modernity: Interfaces of Revelation and Concealment

by Birgit Meyer
     
 

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Dutch and US anthropologists, with the odd historian thrown in, contend that magic can be updated to counter liberal understandings of modernity's transparency and rational progress; that modernity produces its own forms of magic; and that understanding the relationship between modernity and magic requires investigating how publicity and secrecy complement or

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Dutch and US anthropologists, with the odd historian thrown in, contend that magic can be updated to counter liberal understandings of modernity's transparency and rational progress; that modernity produces its own forms of magic; and that understanding the relationship between modernity and magic requires investigating how publicity and secrecy complement or supplement each other. The 11 essays are adapted from presentations at a June 1997 conference in Amsterdam. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"[Magic and Modernity] is an important introduction and contribution to the anthropological side of this field,"—Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft

"These essays demonstrate that even our most objective categories of social and cultural understanding are entangled in the constitutive undergrowth of our present circumstances. In their diverse and intriguing ways, they are all concerned with the modernist configuration of magic, as magic, so taken, configures modernism. Despite our liberal claims to transparency, reason, and secularism, they lay bare a world shaded by opacity, unreason, and blinkered faith." —Vincent Crapanzano,City University of New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804744645
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Birgit Meyer is a senior lecturer at the Research Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam. Peter Pels teaches at the Research Centre for the Study of Religion and Society and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. He is also the editor of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale.

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