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Title Border fetishisms : material objects in unstable spaces / edited by Patricia Spyer
Published New York : Routledge, 1998


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Description x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Zones of religion
Zones of religion.
Contents Introduction / Patricia Spyer -- 1. Calvin in the Tropics: Objects and Subjects at the Religious Frontier / Webb Keane -- 2. From Brooms to Obeah and Back: Fetish Conversion and Border Crossings in Nineteenth-Century Suriname / Susan Legene -- 3. Your Money, Our Money, the Government's Money: Finance and Fetishism in Melanesia / Robert J. Foster -- 4. The Spirit of Matter: On Fetish, Rarity, Fact, and Fancy / Peter Pels -- 5. Stealing Happiness: Shoplifting in Early Nineteenth-Century England / Adela Pinch -- 6. The Tooth of Time, or Taking a Look at the "Look" of Clothing in Late Nineteenth-Century Aru / Patricia Spyer -- 7. Marx's Coat / Peter Stallybrass -- 8. Wearing Gold / Annelies Moors -- 9. Crossing the Face / Michael Taussig -- Afterword: How to Grow Oranges in Norway / William Pietz
Summary The essays 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
Notes "This book is the result of a conference with the title "Border fetishisms" that was held in December 1995 at the Research Center Religion and Society at the University of Amsterdam"--Acknowledgements
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Acculturation -- Congresses.
Colonies -- Congresses.
Fetishism -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Author Spyer, Patricia, 1957-
LC no. 97021461
ISBN 0415918561 (hardcover : alk. paper)
041591857X (paperback: alk. paper)