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Fertile disorder : spirit possession and its provocation of the modern, Kalpana Ram

Label
Fertile disorder : spirit possession and its provocation of the modern
Title
Fertile disorder
Title remainder
spirit possession and its provocation of the modern
Statement of responsibility
Kalpana Ram
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In her innovative new book, Kalpana Ram reflects on the way spirit possession unsettles some of the foundational assumptions of modernity. What is a human subject under the varied conditions commonly associated with possession? What kind of subjectivity must already be in place to allow such a transformation to occur? How does it alter our understanding of memory and emotion if these assail us in the form of ghosts rather than as attributes of subjective experience? What does it mean to worship deities who are afflictive and capricious, yet bear an intimate relationship to justice? What is a "human" body if it can be taken over by a whole array of entities? What is agency if people can be "claimed" in this manner? What is gender if, while possessed, a woman is a woman no longer?Drawing on spirit possession among women and the rich traditions of subaltern religion in Tamil Nadu, South India, Ram concludes that the basis for constructing an alternative understanding of human agency need not rest on the usual requirements of a fully present consciousness or on the exercise of choice and planning. Instead of relegating possession, ghosts, and demons to the domain of the exotic, Ram uses spirit possession to illuminate ordinary experiences and relationships. In doing so, she uncovers fundamental instabilities that continue to haunt modern formulations of gender, human agency, and political emancipation. Fertile Disorder interrogates the modern assumptions about gender, agency, and subjectivity that underlie the social improvement projects circulating in Tamil Nadu, assumptions that directly shape people's lives. The book pays particular attention to projects of family planning, development, reform, and emancipation.Combining ethnography with philosophical argument, Ram fashions alternatives to standard post-modernist and post-structuralist formulations. Grounded in decades of fieldwork, ambitious and wide ranging, her work is conceived as a journey that makes incursions into the unfamiliar, then returns us to the familiar. She argues that magic is not a monopoly of any one culture, historical period, or social formation but inhabits modernity--not only in the places, such as cinema and sound recording, where it is commonly looked for, but in "habit" and in aspects of everyday life that have been largely overlooked and shunned. Fertile Disorder will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in anthropology, religion, gender studies, subaltern studies, and post colonial theory
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
SNK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ram, Kalpana
Image bit depth
0
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Family planning
  • Folk religion
  • Rural women
  • Spirit possession
  • RELIGION
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Folk religion
  • Spirit possession
  • India
  • Besessenheit
  • Volksglaube
  • Familienplanung
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Bezetenheid
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Tamil Nadu (Inde)
Label
Fertile disorder : spirit possession and its provocation of the modern, Kalpana Ram
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Visible and invisible bodies : rural women and state intellectuals -- Minor practices -- Possession and the bride : emotions, the elusive phantom of social theory -- The abject body of infertility -- Learning possession, becoming healer -- Performativity in the court of the goddess -- The nature of the complaint -- Possession and social theory -- Possession and emancipatory politics
Control code
ocn845242935
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824837785
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824837785
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62qzrm
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)845242935
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Fertile disorder : spirit possession and its provocation of the modern, Kalpana Ram
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Visible and invisible bodies : rural women and state intellectuals -- Minor practices -- Possession and the bride : emotions, the elusive phantom of social theory -- The abject body of infertility -- Learning possession, becoming healer -- Performativity in the court of the goddess -- The nature of the complaint -- Possession and social theory -- Possession and emancipatory politics
Control code
ocn845242935
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824837785
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824837785
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62qzrm
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)845242935
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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