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Aesthetic Formations
Media, Religion, and the Senses
Edited by Birgit Meyer
 
 
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11 Aug 2009
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The central theme of this volume is the incorporation of newly accessible mass media into practices of religious mediation in a variety of settings, including Pentecostal-charismatic churches and Islamic movements, and the use of religious forms and images in the sphere of radio and cinema. Based on a long-term cooperation, the contributors examine the role of religion and media in the emergence and sustenance of new 'aesthetic formations' that appeal to the body and the senses, and generate new styles of binding and moods of belonging in our time.


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The central theme of this volume is the incorporation of newly accessible mass media into practices of religious mediation in a variety of settings, including Pentecostal-charismatic churches and Islamic movements, and the use of religious forms and images in the sphere of radio and cinema. Based on a long-term cooperation, the contributors examine the role of religion and media in the emergence and sustenance of new 'aesthetic formations' that appeal to the body and the senses, and generate new styles of binding and moods of belonging in our time.


Reviews


'Aesthetic Formations invites us into the most exciting research on religion and media today. More than a collection of essays, the book has the coherence of a campaign, with each chapter theoretically coordinated and animated by vivid ethnographic accounts, full of wonders. A model of collaborative research, this book is a landmark in cultural studies of religion, media, the senses, and the social dynamics of conflict and community.' - David Chidester, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa and author of Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture
 
'This compelling volume argues that in order to understand the strong social connections that modern religions nurture, we need to attend to their aesthetic mediation in a variety of sensory forms and practices. The essays demonstrate the thesis in a concerted and accessible way that scholars and students of religion will welcome.' - David Morgan, Professor of Religion, Duke University, USA
 
'This is a groundbreaking new collection that invites us into the 'intellectual space' created by a lively and deeply original group of anthropologists whose work grapples with the experiential shape of religion in an increasingly mediated world. Their exciting new work offers us a welcome and at times dizzying journey through contemporary postcolonial religiosity - from Latin America to Africa to South Asia - to understand how the uptake of new media forms intensifies and reshapes the sensory worlds of religious practices and identities, from their fundamental location in the body, and its extensions into the world via television, radio, and film. This is important and essential reading for anyone interested in religion or media, and dispels any lingering illusion that one precludes the other.' - Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director, Centre for Religion and Media, New York University, USA


Contents


Introduction: From Imagined Communities to Aesthetic Formations: Religious Mediations, Sensational Forms and Styles of Binding; B.Meyer
PART I: BOUNDARY POLITICS
'Don't ask questions, just observe!': Boundary Politics in Bahian Candomblé; M.van de Port
Purity and the Devil: Community, Media and the Body: Pentecostal Adherents in a Favela in Rio de Janeiro; M.Oosterbaan
'More Sexpression Please!' Screening the Female Voice and Body in the Bangladesh Film Industry; L.Hoek
PART II: RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC REALM
Tamil Mythological Cinema and the Politics of Secular Modernism; S.Putnam Hughes
Modern Religions, Modern Media: Islamic Renewal in Northern Nigeria; B.Larkin
The Sonic Architects of a New Babel: The Politics of Belonging of DJ Shadow and Fernando Clarke; F.Guadeloupe
PART III: MEDIATING IMMEDIACY
Breath, Technology and the Making-Of Community Canção Nova in Brazil; M.José de Abreu
Modes of Binding, Moments of Bonding: Mediating Divine Touch in Ghanaian Pentecostalism and Traditionalism; M.de Witte
Prophecy on Stage: Fame and Celebrities in the Context of the Raelian Movement; C.Machado
Seized by the Spirit: The Mystical Foundation of Squatting among Pentecostals in Caracas (Venezuela) Today; R.Sánchez


Authors


BIRGIT MEYER is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.