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Research Students - Material Culture  
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Email: a.knuutila.11@ucl.ac.uk
Year of start: 2011

Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title:

Subjects of the worldly kingdom: Agency, economy and generosity in Evangelical churches in Central Texas

Supervisor(s)

Daniel Miller
Susanne Kuechler

Introduction

My work is concerned with the interplay of faith and finance, or ecclesial and economic practice in the life of evangelical Christians in Central Texas. I will use the enactment of religious virtue in practices such as caring for one's possessions, managing worldly desires, and spontaneous or planned giving, as an entry point to describing the style of subjectivity that is both expressed and developed therein. My thesis hopes to contribute to anthropological thinking on the nature of ethical agency in consumer societies and the effects of discourses of anti-materialism by studying their largely neglected Christian expressions.

Research interests

  • Normative and spiritual practice
  • Theories of materiality and immateriality
  • Imaginations of social and economic reality
  • Notions of nature and sustainability
  • Temporality, eschatology and conversion
  • Stuff, particularly in abundance

Academic Background/Education

Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology at University of Helsinki, 2006
Master of Science in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at Oxford University, 2008

Funding

Nuoren tutkijan apuraha from Kone Foundation, 2012


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