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Conversion after socialism: disruptions, modernisms and technologies of faith in the former Soviet Union

Pelkmans, Mathijs, ed. (2009) Conversion after socialism: disruptions, modernisms and technologies of faith in the former Soviet Union. Berghahn Books, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781845456177

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Abstract

The large and sudden influx of missionaries into the former Soviet Union after seventy years of militant secularism has been controversial, and the widespread occurrence of conversion has led to anxiety about social and national disintegration. Although these concerns have been vigorously discussed in national arenas, social scientists have remained remarkably silent about the subject. This volume’s focus on conversion offers a novel approach to the dislocations of the postsocialist experience. In eight wellresearched ethnographic accounts the authors analyse a range of missionary encounters as well as aspects of conversion and ‘anti-conversion’ in different parts of the region, thus challenging the problematic idea that religious life after socialism involved a simple ‘revival’ of repressed religious traditions. Instead, they unravel the unexpected twists and turns of religious dynamics, and the processes that have challenged popular ideas about religion and culture. The contributions show how conversion is rooted in the disruptive qualities of the new ‘capitalist experience’ and document its unsettling effects on the individual and social level.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Editor
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28055/

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