Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts

Historic and Ethnographic Case Studies of Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Alternative Spirituality

Edited by Alexandra Cotofana and James M. Nyce. Foreword by Patrick Michelson

ibidem Press

Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts

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Pub Date: March 2017

ISBN: 9783838210391

270 Pages

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Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts

Historic and Ethnographic Case Studies of Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Alternative Spirituality

Edited by Alexandra Cotofana and James M. Nyce. Foreword by Patrick Michelson

ibidem Press

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Religion and magic have played important roles within Eastern European societies where social reality and sociopolitical balance may differ greatly from those in the West. Although often thought of as being two distinct, even antagonistic forces, religion and magic find ways to work together. By taking on various examples in the multicultural settings of post-Soviet and postsocialist spaces, this collection brings together diverse historical and ethnographic analyses of orthodoxy and heterodoxy from the pre- and post-1989 periods, studies on the relationship of religious and state institutions to individuals practicing alternative forms of spirituality, and examples of borderlands as spaces of ambiguity. This volume is at the crossroads of anthropology, history, as well as cultural memory studies. Its archival and field research findings help understand how repurposing religious and magic practices worked into the transition that countries in Eastern Europe and beyond have experienced after the end of the Cold War.

About the Author

Alexandra Cotofana is a Ph.D candidate in sociocultural anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington, where she is also director of the In Light Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

James M. Nyce is professor of cultural anthropology at Ball State University. He is also a visiting professor in Lund University's Master's Program in Human Factors and System Safety, and at the National Defence College in Stockholm, as well as an adjunct professor in the departments of health and environment at Linköping University and of radiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.