- Series: Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (Book 5)
- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (June 25, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521440777
- ISBN-13: 978-0521440776
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Language and Self-Transformation: A Study of the Christian Conversion Narrative (Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology) 1st Edition
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"His [Stromberg's] transcriptions are especially valuable because they provide vivid illustration of the nature of contemporary conversions and, through the salient differences between these and the more ancient paradigms, are provocative for studies of the evolution in doctrines of conversion over the course of two millenia. Stromberg's arguments are pointedly relevant to the contemporary experiences of metanoia and, in their own ways, validate the power of those experiences to transform and to heal." Semiotica
"So painstaking and detailed is this analysis....Stromberg writes as a psychological anthropologist, but his book will be of interest to a much wider audience; any serious student of conversion will find this argument interesting." Choice
"This is an important work for those who are working with or indeed telling EHE narratives." Exceptional Human Experience
This is a study of how self-transformation may occur through the practice of reframing one's personal experience in terms of a canonical language: that is, a system of symbols that purports to explain something about human beings and the universe they live in. The Christian conversion narrative is used as the primary example here, but the approach used in this book also illuminates other practices SH such as psychotherapy SH in which people deal with emotional conflict through language.
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