The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion // Stephan Palmié (commentary by Margaret Mitchell, Div School)
February 21 2014
Introduced by: Shannon Dawdy, Anthropology
Discussant: Margaret Mitchell, Divinity School
The Cooking of History analyses the assumptions underlying the term 'Afro-Cuban religion' and shows how anthropologists, by relying on the notion of a hypothetical African past - and by authenticating religions via their own findings - have exerted considerable influence upon contemporary practices. Palmié goes on to critique widespread and damaging simplifications that posit religious practices as stable and self-contained, and calls for a drastic new approach that properly situates cultural origins within the complex social environments and scholarly fields in which they are investigated."
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