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Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and Its Provocation of the Modern

Kalpana Ram


This book reflects on the way spirit possession unsettles some of the foundational assumptions of modernity. Drawing on spirit possession among women and the rich traditions of subaltern religion in Tamil Nadu, South India, the book concludes that the basis for constructing an alternative understanding of human agency need not rest on the usual requirements of a fully present consciousness or on the exercise of choice and planning. Instead of relegating possession, ghosts, and demons to the domain of the exotic, the book uses spirit possession to illuminate ordinary experiences and relationshi ... More

Keywords: spirit possession, modernity, ghosts, demons, Tamil Nadu, gender, family planning, emancipation, magic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836306
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kalpana Ram, author
Macquarie University