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Suspect Others : Spirit Mediums, Self-Knowledge, and Race in Multiethnic Suriname / Stuart Earle Strange.

Author/Creator:
Strange, Stuart Earle, author., Author,
Publication:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (300 pages) : 10 black and white illustrations and 1 black and white map
Series:
Anthropological Horizons
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Channeling (Spiritualism) -- Social aspects -- Suriname.
Mediums -- Suriname.
Self-perception -- Suriname.
Suspicion -- Suriname.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Suspect Others explores how ideas of self-knowledge and identity arise from a unique set of rituals ritual revelation generates self-knowledge in Suriname, a postcolonial Caribbean nation rife with racial and religious suspicion. Amid competition for belonging, political power, and control over natural resources, Surinamese Ndyuka Ndyuka Maroons and Hindus look to spirit mediums to understand the causes of their successes and sufferings and to know the hidden minds of relatives and rivals alike. But although mediumship promises knowledge of others, interactions between mediums and their devotees also fundamentally challenge what devotees know about who they themselves are, thereby turning interpersonal suspicion into doubts about the self. Through a rich ethnographic comparison of the different ways in which Ndyuka and Hindu spirit mediums and their devotees navigate suspicion, Suspect Others shows how present-day Caribbean peoples come to experience selves that defy concepts of personhood inflicted by the colonial past. Stuart Earle Strange investigates key questions about the nature of self-knowledge, religious revelation, and racial discourse in a hyper-diverse society. At a moment when exclusionary suspicions dominate global politics, Suspect Others elucidates self-identity as a social process that emerges from the paradoxical ways in which people must look to others to know themselves.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Settlement and Self-Doubt
2 A Fragmented Unity: Hindu Selves, Doubt, and Shakti Ritual
3 Mediated Selves: Ndyuka Knowledge, Suspicion, and Revelation
4 Painful Interactions
5 Dreams at the Limits of Knowledge
6 The Revealing Ironies of Racecraft
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Anthropological Horizons
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 27. Okt 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781487509712
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781487509712 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.