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Brown, Karen McCarthy

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By: Karen E. Richman | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2020 | Length: 5 | DOI: |
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Karen McCarthy Brown (1942–2015) was one of the most influential scholars of the popular religion of Hait known as Vodou. Brown produced a remarkable body of research and scholarship on Vodou from the 1970s through the beginning of the 21st century, but she is primarily esteemed for her groundbreaking 1991 book Mama Lola, A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, which was published by the University of California Press and reissued in 2001 and 2011. This entry traces the development of Brown’s structuralist methodology from her immersion in graduate school in new structuralist theory, through her integration of complementary approaches including gender, to her pioneering monograph, which broke new ground in the anthropology of religion, the study of Vodou, and in the genre of ethnographic writing. The ...

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