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Unstable biographies: the ethnography of memory and historicity in an Angolan prophetic movement

Blanes, Ruy Llera (2011) Unstable biographies: the ethnography of memory and historicity in an Angolan prophetic movement. History and Anthropology, 22 (1). pp. 93-119. ISSN 0275-7206

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Abstract

In this article I discuss issues of memory and historicity in a contemporary African prophetic movement, the Tokoist church. I do so by focusing on the multiple processes of “biographization” of the prophet's (Simatildeo Toko) life from the different allegiances within the movement. I suggest that, despite recent critiques on the biographical method, the ethnography of those (unstable and heterogeneous) processes can be very helpful to understand the place of memory and historical consciousness in contemporary Christianity.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02757206.as...
Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 11:20
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33214/

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