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Shamans Nostalgias And The Imf

Nostalgias
Author: Laurel Kendall
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824833430
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Thirty years ago, anthropologist Laurel Kendall did intensive fieldwork among South Korea’s (mostly female) shamans and their clients as a reflection of village women’s lives. In the intervening decades, South Korea experienced an unprecedented economic, social, political, and material transformation and Korean villages all but disappeared. And the shamans? Kendall attests that they not only persist but are very much a part of South Korean modernity. This enlightening and entertaining study of contemporary Korean shamanism makes the case for the dynamism of popular religious practice, the creativity of those we call shamans, and the necessity of writing about them in the present tense. Shamans thrive in South Korea’s high-rise cities, working with clients who are largely middle class and technologically sophisticated. Emphasizing the shaman’s work as open and mutable, Kendall describes how gods and ancestors articulate the changing concerns of clients and how the ritual fame of these transactions has itself been transformed by urban sprawl, private cars, and zealous Christian proselytizing. For most of the last century Korean shamans were reviled as practitioners of antimodern superstition; today they are nostalgically celebrated icons of a vanished rural world. Such superstition and tradition occupy flip sides of modernity’s coin—the one by confuting, the other by obscuring, the beating heart of shamanic practice. Kendall offers a lively account of shamans, who once ministered to the domestic crises of farmers, as they address the anxieties of entrepreneurs whose dreams of wealth are matched by their omnipresent fears of ruin. Money and access to foreign goods provoke moral dilemmas about getting and spending; shamanic rituals express these through the longings of the dead and the playful antics of greedy gods, some of whom have acquired a taste for imported whiskey. No other book-length study captures the tension between contemporary South Korean life and the contemporary South Korean shamans’ work. Kendall’s familiarity with the country and long association with her subjects permit nuanced comparisons between a 1970s "then" and recent encounters—some with the same shamans and clients—as South Korea moved through the 1990s, endured the Asian Financial Crisis, and entered the new millennium. She approaches her subject through multiple anthropological lenses such that readers interested in religion, ritual performance, healing, gender, landscape, material culture, modernity, and consumption will find much of interest here.
Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Laurel Kendall
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-01 - Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Thirty years ago, anthropologist Laurel Kendall did intensive fieldwork among South Korea’s (mostly female) shamans and their clients as a reflection of village women’s lives. In the intervening decades, South Korea experienced an unprecedented economic, social, political, and material transformation and Korean villages all but disappeared. And the shamans? Kendall attests that they not only persist but are very much a part of South Korean modernity. This enlightening and entertaining study of contemporary Korean shamanism makes the case for the dynamism of popular religious practice, the creativity of those we call shamans, and the necessity of writing about them in the present tense. Shamans thrive in South Korea’s high-rise cities, working with clients who are largely middle class and technologically sophisticated. Emphasizing the shaman’s work as open and mutable, Kendall describes how gods and ancestors articulate the changing concerns of clients and how the ritual fame of these transactions has itself been transformed by urban sprawl, private cars, and zealous Christian proselytizing. For most of the last century Korean shamans were reviled as practitioners of antimodern superstition; today they are nostalgically celebrated icons of a vanished rural world. Such superstition and tradition occupy flip sides of modernity’s coin—the one by
Ecological Nostalgias
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: Olivia Angé, David Berliner
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-01 - Publisher: Berghahn Books
Introducing the study of econostalgias through a variety of rich ethnographic cases, this volume argues that a strictly human centered approach does not account for contemporary longings triggered by ecosystem upheavals. In this time of climate change, this book explores how nostalgia for fading ecologies unfolds into the interstitial spaces between the biological, the political and the social, regret and hope, the past, the present and the future.
Postcolonial Nostalgias
Language: en
Pages: 214
Authors: Dennis Walder
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-11-17 - Publisher: Routledge
This book offers an original and informed critique of a widespread yet often misunderstood condition — nostalgia, a pervasive human emotion connecting people across national and historical as well as personal boundaries. Often seen as merely escapist, nostalgia also offers solace and self-understanding for those displaced by the larger movements of our time. Walder analyses the writings of some of those entangled in the aftermath of empire, tracing the hidden connections underlying their yearnings for a common identity and a homeland, and their struggles to recover their histories. Through a series of comparative reflections upon the representation in literary and related cultural forms of memory, he shows how admitting the past into the present through nostalgia enables former colonial or diasporic subjects to gain a deeper understanding of the networks of power within which they are caught in the modern world — and beyond which it may yet be possible to move. Considering authors as varied as V.S Naipaul, J.G. Ballard, Doris Lessing, W.G. Sebald, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as well as versions of ‘Bushman’ song, Walder pursues the often wayward, ambiguous paths of nostalgia as it has been represented beyond, but also within, Europe, so as to identify some
Cultural Nostalgias
Language: en
Pages: 424
Authors: Merry Osemwegie
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-30 - Publisher: AuthorHouse
This is a narrative account of the lived experiences of an immigrant. In many ways, this book discusses a range of issues that transcend different sociocultural, philosophical, and political terrains. Paved with comical and simple narrative, the author located poignant and challenging issues within personal experiences of orphanhood, racism, race and sex, acculturation, deculturation, immigration, and his nostalgic feelings. Reflectively, he recalled how his early years in Africa were filled with happy memories of his parents and siblings and his lifelong regret over his failure to adequately care for his father. From a child who hated education to someone with five degrees, he has had to face many challenges, including his unstoppable desire to acquire academic qualifications, which oftentimes offered him no significant professional and material gains in return. The author is living a life in the UK that millions of people would envy, and yet he is troubled by cultural nostalgias. For a man who did everything to leave Africa, he could neither come to terms with why he could not just move back to Africa, where his heart is, nor is he able to make up his mind about where he would like to be buried.
Past Nostalgias
Language: en
Pages: 100
Authors: Mario Garrido Espinosa
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-19 - Publisher: Babelcube Inc.
"Past Nostalgias" is a collection of childhood and youth memories, where the author unleashes his customary irony, but this time covered by the tenderness or beauty of somewhat mythologized memories. Some of these "Nostalgias" were published during 2016 in different social networks with great success. Readers recognized the protagonist's experiences as their own, either because they experienced similar situations or because they reminded them of others that they had already forgotten. This recognition not only occurred among Spanish readers; they also found similarities between Argentina and Mexico. After all, children are still children because they are on the other side of the planet. Relive again the illusion of when they bought you a simple comic, the terror in its purest form when it was time to visit the practitioner, the joy of the summer on the beach, the simplicity of your childhood birthdays, just as they were in the last quarter of the Last century; but beware, you may be surprised how similar this book is to the beginnings of your own biography.
Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams
Language: en
Pages: 301
Authors: Nicola Mooney
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: University of Toronto Press
"Renowned as the predominant farmers and landlords of Punjab, and long possessed of an autocthonous agricultural identity, Jat Sikhs today often live urban and diasporic lives. Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams examines the formation of Jat Sikh identity amid diverse ideals and incursions of modernity, exploring the question of what it means to be Jat Sikh in the contemporary Indian city.Nicola Mooney describes a number of Jat Sikh social practices and narratives – education, professional development and employment, the making of appropriate marriage matches, and the discourse of progress – through which contemporary notions of identity are developed. She contextualizes these elements of Jat Sikh modernity against local, regional, and national histories of cultural and political differentiation, perceptions of marginality, and the expression of increasingly exclusive notions and practices of identity. Mooney argues that class practices incorporate urban Jat Sikhs into national and transnational communities, separating them from rural Jat Sikhs and confounding caste solidarities. Nevertheless, rural attachments remain important to urban identities.This is a unique ethnography that incorporates first-hand observations and local narratives to develop insights into the traditions and social memory of Jat Sikhs, as well as on the issues of urban and transnational social transformation."
Postcolonial Nostalgias
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Dennis Walder
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher:
This book offers an original and informed critique of a widespread, yet often misunderstood, condition — nostalgia, a pervasive human emotion connecting people across national, historical, and personal boundaries. Walder analyses the writings of some of those entangled in the aftermath of empire, tracing the hidden connections underlying their yearnings for a common identity and a homeland, and their struggles to recover their histories. Through a series of comparative reflections upon the representation in literary and related cultural forms of memory, he shows how admitting the past into the present through nostalgia enables former colonial or diasporic subjects to gain a deeper understanding of the networks of power within which they are caught in the modern world, and beyond which it may yet be possible to move. Considering authors as varied as V.S Naipaul, J.G. Ballard, Doris Lessing, W.G. Sebald, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as well as versions of "Bushman" song, Walder pursues the often wayward, ambiguous paths of nostalgia as it has been represented beyond, but also within, Europe, so as to identify some of those processes of communal and individual experience that constitute the present and, by implication, the future.
Nostalgia
Language: es
Pages: 384
Authors: Mircea Cartarescu
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-12-01 - Publisher:
Shifting viewpoints, magic realism, and narrative mastery are all integral parts of Nostalgia, Romanian author and perennial Nobel Prize favorite Mircea Cartarescu's masterpiece. The book is comprised of five unrelated stories: "The Roulette Player," in which a desperately unlucky man manages to amass a fortune by taking part in dangerous games of Russian roulette; "Mentardy" narrates the travails of a prepubescent messiah who loses his powers with the advent of his sexuality; "The Twins," a brave exploration of youthful rage; "REM," in which a middle-aged woman falls in love with a university student in a nightmarish Bucharest; and "The Architect," in which a man who cannot silence his car horn becomes obsessed with sound—an obsession that will have cosmic consequences. Readers eager to acquaint themselves with one of the most important voices in modern European literature will not want to miss this sophisticated, haunting collection of stories. Puntos de vista variables, el realismo mágico y la maestría narrativa son facetas íntegras de Nostalgia, la obra maestra del autor rumano y favorito perenne para el Premio Nobel, Mircea Cartarescu. El libro consta de cinco cuentos no relacionados: "El ruletista," en el que un hombre al que nunca le ha sonreído la
Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Nicola Mooney
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-09-17 - Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Renowned as the predominant farmers and landlords of Punjab, and long possessed of an autocthonous agricultural identity, Jat Sikhs today often live urban and diasporiclives. Rural Nostalgias and Transnational Dreams examines the formation and meaning of Jat Sikh identity in the contemporary Indian city. Nicola Mooney describes a number of Jat Sikh social practices and narratives through which contemporary notions of identity are developed. She contextualizes these elements of Jat Sikh modernity against local, regional, and national histories of cultural and political differentiation, perceptions of marginality, and the expression of increasingly exclusive notions and practices of identity. This unique ethnography incorporates first-hand observations and local narratives to develop insights into the traditions and social memory of Jat Sikhs, as well as on the issues of urban and transnational social transformation.
Novel Nostalgias
Language: en
Pages: 252
Authors: John Funchion
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015 - Publisher:
Bad romances: homesick nationalisms in the antebellum United States -- Confederate narratives and the problem of reconstruction -- Longing for a people: Hamlin Garland's and Pauline Hopkins's populist fictions -- Left nostalgia: revolutionary aesthetics in the radical novel -- Cosmopolitan nostalgia in L. Frank Baum's Oz and Henry James's America -- Epilogue: "Taking the country back" in the twenty-first century