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Possession and Emancipatory Politics

Kalpana Ram

in Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and Its Provocation of the Modern

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836306
eISBN:
9780824871307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836306.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the agency of spirit possession and mediumship as “resistance” to power or as “empowerment.” Drawing on bodily “morphology” and feminist theory, it considers agency as an ... More


Performativity in the Court of the Goddess

Kalpana Ram

in Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and Its Provocation of the Modern

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836306
eISBN:
9780824871307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836306.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the actual texture of performativity in the sessions of mediumship by focusing on the spirit mediums' relationship to their clients. It begins with an ethnographic vignette of a ... More


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