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Joshua Brahinsky

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Joshua Brahinsky

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Josh Brahinsky is currently conducting fieldwork in California. He is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.  His studies have led him from a small town in central New Jersey to an undergraduate program at Oberlin College and then a PhD at UCSC’s History of Consciousness Department.  Working between multiple disciplines, he now explores the ways people form themselves, co-create each other, and face and build power. He organizes unions and study how evangelicals organize themselves.  In particular, he has been spending time among Pentecostal missionary trainees as they learn to teach the skills of evangelism, trance, prayer, and community.  This has led him to explore sensory cultivation, affect and the globalization of capitalist modernity.  He is currently working on a monograph titled Gods Bodies: Pentecostals, Capitalism and the Art of Immediacy.  Here at Stanford he hopes to contribute to the evolution of something akin to a comparative vision of psychologically informed anthropology.