Unpacking the New

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Afe Adogame, Magnus Echtler, Ulf Vierke (Eds.)

Critical Perspectives on Cultural Syncretization in Africa and Beyond

ISBN 978-3-8258-0719-1
Band-Nr. 36
Jahr 2008
Seiten 384
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In a world supposedly characterized by the production of new differences and
cultural permutations resulting from the twin processes of globalization and
cultural syncretisation, hardly anything has remained as obscure and
theoretically under-theorized as the very notion of the „new“ itself. An
inherent relativity often accompanies any contemplation of what is new or old,
as well as the question at which point the old turns into the new. Syncretism as
both process and description hinges largely on the assumption and premise that
what is observed has appropriately or inappropriately mixed categories –
culture, religion, language – that are intrinsically alien to each other. Such a
syncretic constellation is bound to result in something that may be considered
new. Any definition of „syncretism“, the syncretisation process and the
appropriation of the notion „new“ as useful heuristic tools must indeed be
located within specific local contexts, as such terms are unlikely to serve as
adequate descriptions of homogenous sets of phenomena. Syncretism as a
process is intertwined with processes of contextualization. Against this
backdrop, this book seeks to unravel and demystify the ideology of the new on
the basis of concrete case studies from various regions across Africa and

Contributors: Afe Adogame, Peter Beyer, Astrid Bochow, Simon Coleman,
André Droogers, Magnus Echtler, Hans Peter Hahn, Peter Gottschligg, Dymitr
Ibriszimow, Said A.M. Khamis, Karina Kopatsch, Selome Kuponu, Roman
Loimeier, Elísio Macamo, Dieter Neubert, Jonathan Owens, Farouk Topan,
Ulrich Rinn, Dana Rush, Hans-Jörg Schmid, Ulf Vierke.