• Brian Goldstone

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Research Description

    anthropology of religion and secularism; sovereignty; miracles; demonology; media and aesthetics; ethics and sensibility; philosophy and critical theory; political theologies; science studies; intellectual history; ethnographic writing
  • Selected Publications

      • B. Goldstone.
      • (2012).
      • The Miraculous Life: Scenes from the Charismatic Encounter in Northern Ghana.
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      Publication Description

      This dissertation examines the recent influx of Pentecostal-charismatic churches into the Northern Region of Ghana, a rural, underdeveloped area whose predominantly Muslim population has increasingly become the target of evangelistic efforts undertaken by Christians from the south. Although a number of scholars have considered the Pentecostal revival as it has materialized within the urban environs of Africa’s metropolitan centers, few have documented the repercussions of Pentecostalism’s confrontation with Islam, and fewer still have followed the churches into their sites of evangelization and conversion. My work fills this gap by charting the social and political, ethical and existential forms that are being engendered and foreclosed as Pentecostal believers encounter those pathologized “others” who epitomize the obverse image of their vision of a miracle-filled existence. Tacking continuously between the most intimate of desires, anxieties, and aspirations and the most public of denunciations, representations, and events, I show how a two-hundred-plus-year history – stretching from the pre-colonial era to the current War on Terror – of figuring Muslim northerners as variously fearsome, pitiable, and of questionable humanity has today been taken over by an impassioned charismatic campaign to reclaim the impoverished hinterland. In the end, my study illuminates the dramatic role of this brand of Christianity in the constitution of a life, a future, a world – a world to which the allegedly unsaved inhabitants of northern Ghana, like so many across the continent today, are being beckoned with startling effect.

      • B. Goldstone.
      • (2011).
      • The Event of African Pentecostalism.
      • African Studies Review
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      • (forthcoming)
      • B. Goldstone.
      • (2011).
      • The Miraculous Life.
      • The Johannesburg Salon
      • Achille Mbembe & Lara Allen (Eds.),
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      • 81-96.
      • [web]
      • B. Goldstone (with Stanley Hauerwas).
      • (2010).
      • Disciplined Seeing: Forms of Christianity and Forms of Life.
      • South Atlantic Quarterly
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      • 109
      • (4)
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      • 765-790.
      • (Special Issue on "Global Christianity, Global Critique," edited by Matthew Engelke and Joel Robbins)
      • [web]
      • B. Goldstone. 2011.
      • (2011).
      • Secularism, 'Religious Violence,' and the Liberal Imaginary.
      • In Markus Dressler and Arvind Mandair (Eds.),
      • Secularism and Religion-Making
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      • (pp. 104-124).
      • Oxford University Press.
      • [web]
      • B. Goldstone.
      • (2008).
      • Critique of Abysmal Reasoning.
      • Theory & Event
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      • B. Goldstone.
      • (2007).
      • Violence and the Profane: Islam, Liberal Democracy, and the Limits of Secular Discipline.
      • Anthropological Quarterly
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      • 80
      • (1)
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      • 207-37.
      • B. Goldstone.
      • (2006).
      • On Democratic Secularism.
      • Borderlands
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      • (2)
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      • B. Goldstone.
      • (2006).
      • Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools: Youth, Nationalism, and the Transformation of Knowledge.
      • Anthropological Quarterly
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      • 79
      • (1)
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      • 159-64.
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  • Education

      • Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology,
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      • 2012
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