February 7, 2022
20 b&w photos
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$105.00 USD, £85.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Spirit Possession

Multidisciplinary Approaches to a Worldwide Phenomenon

Possession, a seemingly irrational phenomenon, has posed challenges to generations of scholars rooted in Western notions of body-soul dualism, self and personhood, and a whole set of presuppositions inherited from Christian models of possession that was "good" or "bad." The authors of the essays in this book present a new and more promising approach. They conceive spirit possession as a form of communication, of expressivity, of culturally defined behavior that should be understood in the context of local, vernacular theories and empiric reflections.

With the aim of reformulating the comparative anthropology of spirit possession, the editors have opened corridors between previously separate areas of research. Together, anthropologists and historians working on several historical periods and in different European, African, South American, and Asian cultural areas attempt to redefine the very concept of possession, freeing it from the Western notion of the self and more clearly delineating it from related matters such as witchcraft, devotion, or mysticism. The book also provides an overview of new research directions, including novel methods of participant observation and approaches to spirit possession as indigenous historiography

About the Authors

Éva Pócs is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pécs, Hungary.
András Zempléni is research professor of the National Scientific Research Council in Paris, professor of the Université Paris X - Nanterre, Department of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology.

9789633864135 : spirit-possession-pocs-zempleni
February 7, 2022
$105.00 USD

Other Titles by Éva Pócs

Power of Words, The

edited by James Kapaló, Éva Pócs, William Francis Ryan
Apr 2013 - Central European University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback

Witchcraft Mythologies and Persecutions

edited by Gábor Klaniczay, Pocs Eva, Éva Pócs
May 2008 - Central European University Press
$95.00 USD - Hardback

Christian Demonology and Popular Mythology

edited by Gábor Klaniczay, Éva Pócs
Oct 2006 - Central European University Press
$75.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural

Contemporary Indigenous Cosmologies and Pragmatics

edited by Françoise Dussart, Sylvie Poirier, with contributions byAnne-Marie Colpron, Robert R. Crépeau, Ingrid Hall, Laurent Jérôme, Frédéric Laugrand, James MacKenzie, Caroline Nepton Hotte, Ksenia Pimenova, Kathryn Rountree, Antonell...
Oct 2021 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$39.99 USD - Paperback / softback

De/Colonization in the Americas

edited by Heidrun Mörtl, Olaf Kaltmeier, Josef Raab
Oct 2021 - University of New Orleans Press
$43.50 USD - Paperback / softback

Bourbon's Backroads

Karl Raitz
Sep 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

National Cultures at Grass-root Level

Antonina Kłoskowska
Feb 2021 - University of Washington Continuing Education
$105.00 USD - Hardback

Viral BS

Dr. Seema Yasmin
Jan 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text

Voices of African Immigrants in Kentucky

Francis Musoni, Iddah Otieno, Angene Wilson, Jack Wilson
Jan 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
$50.00 USD - Hardback