Coleman, “Anthropology on Shifting Grounds”

Coleman, Simon, 2012. Anthropology on Shifting Grounds. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 77(4):556-563.

Abstract

In my afterword to this special issue, I provide my own theoretical framing of issues relating to foregrounding and backgrounding Christianity, and argue that the sheer ambiguity of what occurs in so-called religious ‘contexts’ can be seen as constitutive of both subjectivity and religious attachment. I add that if our creation of an ‘Anthropology of Christianity’ is an act of foregrounding a particular religion for analytical purposes, this act must always be seen as a temporary move, inevitably open to being ‘backgrounded’ by other analytical framings.

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