Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana (The Anthropology of Christianity #17)
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Birgit Meyer analyzes Ghanaian video as a powerful, sensational form. Colliding with the state film industry’s representations of culture, these movies are indebted to religious notions of divination and revelation. Exploring the format of “film as revelation,” Meyer unpacks the affinity between cinematic and popular Christian modes of looking and showcases the transgressive potential haunting figurations of the occult. In this brilliant study, Meyer offers a deep, conceptually innovative analysis of the role of visual culture within the politics and aesthetics of religious world making.
Praise For Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana (The Anthropology of Christianity #17)…
— Anthropology Review Database
"A rich account... the most sustained and theoretically sophisticated treatment of Christian popular culture in Africa to emerge to date and an important contribution to studies of religion and media."
— American Ethnologist
"A fascinating and engaged ethnography of a crucial period in the Ghanaian film world."
"...will be regarded as both foundational and pioneering across multiple disciplines for years to come... it is how [Meyer] evaluates and hypothesizes the development of this cultural movement that places her work at the forefront of interdisciplinary research in Africa."
— Material Religion
"Meyer has assembled a theoretically complex, well-written and valuable contribution to religious and media studies in contemporary Africa, accessible to both novices in the field and to veterans seeking new ideas and ways of engaging with media and religious studies research."
— Anthropology Southern Africa
University of California Press, 9780520287686, 408pp.
Publication Date: October 16, 2015