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Language, Charisma, and Creativity : Ritual Life in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal - Thomas J. Csordas

Language, Charisma, and Creativity

Ritual Life in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Paperback Published: 14th June 2012
ISBN: 9780230341104
Number Of Pages: 320

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Thomas Csordas's eloquent analysis of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal answers one of the primary callings of anthropology: to stimulate critical reflection by making the exotic seem familiar and the familiar appear strange. Csordas describes the movement's internal diversity and traces its development and expansion across 30 years. He offers insights into the contemporary nature of rationality, the transformation of space and time in Charismatic daily life, gender discipline, the blurring of boundaries between ritual and everyday life, the sense of community forged through shared ritual participation, and the creativity of language and metaphor in prophetic utterance. Charisma, Csordas proposes, is a collective self-process, located not in the personality of a leader, but in the rhetorical resources mobilized by participants in ritual performance. His examination of ritual language and ritual performance illuminates this theory in relation to the postmodern condition of culture.

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'A timely, well-written contribution to our understanding of a number of important phenomena in the contemporary world, this is also a contribution to debates over concepts and methods in anthropological and related scholarship.' - Erika Bourguignon, Ohio State University, USA

'Csordas is so familiar with the [Roman Catholic Charismatic] movement that he is to a large extent able to overcome the typical problem of the ethnographer - the assertion that his or her research may not be generalizable beyond the local situation.' - Peter Stromberg, University of Tulsa, USA

'This study of the Catholic charismatic renewal succeeds in the difficult feat of speaking both to specialists in a cluster of scholarly disciplines and to the general reader.' - R. W. Rousseau, University of Scranton, USA

Illustrationsp. ix
Tablesp. x
Prefacep. Xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Meaning and Movement
Building the Kingdomp. 3
Religion in the Postmodern Conditionp. 41
Habitus and Practice
A Communitarian Idealp. 77
Ritualization and Radicalizationp. 100
Toward a Rhetorical Theory of Charismap. 133
Metaphor and Performance
Ritual Language: Speaking the Kingdomp. 157
Prophetic Utterance and Sacred Realityp. 202
Creativity, Constraint, and the Sacredp. 249
Appendix: Performance and Practice As Domains of Social Actionp. 267
Notesp. 271
Referencesp. 291
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780230341104
ISBN-10: 0230341101
Series: Contemporary Anthropology of Religion (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14th June 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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