Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion by Aisha Beliso-De JesúsElectric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion by Aisha Beliso-De Jesús

Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion

byAisha Beliso-De Jesús

Paperback | September 8, 2015

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Santería is an African-inspired, Cuban diaspora religion long stigmatized as witchcraft and often dismissed as superstition, yet its spirit- and possession-based practices are rapidly winning adherents across the world. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús introduces the term "copresence" to capture the current transnational experience of Santería, in which racialized and gendered spirits, deities, priests, and religious travelers remake local, national, and political boundaries and reconfigure notions of technology and transnationalism.

Drawing on eight years of ethnographic research in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, and in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay area, Beliso-De Jesús traces the phenomenon of copresence in the lives of Santería practitioners, mapping its emergence in transnational places and historical moments and its ritual negotiation of race, imperialism, gender, sexuality, and religious travel. Santería's spirits, deities, and practitioners allow digital technologies to be used in new ways, inciting unique encounters through video and other media. Doing away with traditional perceptions of Santería as a static, localized practice or as part of a mythologized "past," this book emphasizes the religion's dynamic circulations and calls for nontranscendental understandings of religious transnationalisms.

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús is associate professor of African American religions at Harvard Divinity School. A cultural and social anthropologist, she studies media, circulation, and religious travel of African diaspora religions from a transnational feminist approach.
Title:Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231173172

ISBN - 13:9780231173179

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Table of Contents

Author's NotePreface: DespedidasAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Transnational Santería Assemblages1. Electric Oricha2. Transnational Caminos3. Pacts with Darkness4. Scent of Empire5. Contaminating FemininitiesEpilogue: A Death at DawnGlossaryNotesReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

This book is an important contribution to writing stories that are not nationally bounded but also that work to look beyond binary dualisms.