1st Edition

Border Fetishisms Material Objects in Unstable Spaces

Edited By Patricia Spyer Copyright 1998
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The essays in Border Fetishisms explore the cultural, commercial, political and erotic dimensions that distinguish fetish formations in fractured colonial and postcolonial spaces. Spanning such topics as Surinamese conversion to Christianity to shoplifting in Georgian England, to face the fetish, the contributors neither demagicalize the fetish nor normalize the commodity. Instead, they call for the inclusion of material things -- as fetishes or not -- within the experience of human sufferings and joy. Contributors: Robert J. Foster, Webb Keane, Susan Leg6~ne, Annelies Moors, Peter Pels, William Pietz, Adela Pinch, Patricia Spyer, Peter Stallybrass, Michael Taussig.


    Patricia Spyer is Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Religion and Society, University of Amsterdam. She is the author of The Memory of Trade (1997).

    "...this collection should be of interest to area specialists and postmodern metatheorists." -- Nova Religio
    "the authors demonstrate very clearly the hybrid nature of the fetish." -- Frank J. Korom Religious Studies Review
    "Very useful for any scholar of religion interested in the intersection between materials objects, ritual, economic activity, and political ideology, or in Marxist theory." -- Religious Studies Review