A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology)

A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology)

By: Michael Lambek (editor), Janice Boddy (editor)Paperback

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A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion presents a collection of original, ethnographically-informed essays that explore the variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary world and asks how to think about religion as a subject of anthropological inquiry. Presents a collection of original, ethnographically-informed essays exploring the wide variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary worldExplores a broad range of topics including the perspectivism debate, the rise of religious nationalism, reflections on religion and new media, religion and politics, and ideas of self and gender in relation to religious beliefIncludes examples drawn from different religious traditions and from several regions of the worldFeatures newly-commissioned articles reflecting the most up-to-date research and critical thinking in the field, written by an international team of leading scholarsAdds immeasurably to our understanding of the complex relationships between religion, culture, society, and the individual in today s world

About Author

Janice Boddy is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her books include Wombs and Alien Spirits: Women, Men and the Zar Cult in Northern Sudan (1989); Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl (1994); and Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan (2007). Michael Lambek is Professor of Anthropology and Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His books include Human Spirits (1981, 2009); Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte: Local Discourses of Islam, Sorcery, and Spirit Possession (1993); The Weight of the Past (2002); and Ordinary Ethics (2010). He is also the editor of A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).


List of Figures viii Notes on Contributors ix Preface and Acknowledgments xiv What Is Religion for Anthropology? And What Has Anthropology Brought to Religion ? 1Michael Lambek Part I Worlds and Intersections 33 1 Presence, Attachment, Origin: Ontologies of Incarnates 35Philippe Descola 2 The Dynamic Reproduction of Hunter-Gatherers Ontologies and Values 50Sylvie Poirier 3 Cohabiting an Interreligious Milieu: Reflections on Religious Diversity 69Veena Das 4 Religious and Legal Particularism and Universality 85 Winnifred Fallers Sullivan Part II Epistemologies 101 5 Are Ancestors Dead? 103Rita Astuti and Maurice Bloch 6 Coping with Religious Diversity: Incommensurability and Other Perspectives 118Eva Spies 7 Varieties of Semiotic Ideology in the Interpretation of Religion 137Michael Lambek 8 Religion and the Truth of Being 154Paul Stoller Part III Time and Ethics 169 9 Ethics 171James Laidlaw 10 The Social and Political Theory of the Soul 189Heonik Kwon 11 Ghosts and Ancestors in the Modern West 202Fenella Cannell 12 The Work of Memory: Ritual Laments of the Dead and Korea s Cheju Massacre 223Seong-nae Kim 13 The Globalization of Pentecostalism and the Limits of Globalization 239Girish Daswani Part IV Practices and Mediations 255 14 Food, Life, and Material Religion in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity 257Tom Boylston 15 Trading with God: Islam, Calculation, Excess 274Amira Mittermaier 16 Ritual Remains: Studying Contemporary Pilgrimage 294Simon Coleman 17 Mediation and Immediacy: Sensational Forms, Semiotic Ideologies, and the Question of the Medium 309Birgit Meyer Part V Languages and Conversions 327 18 Translating God s Words 329Wendy James 19 Christianity as a Polemical Concept 344Pamela E. Klassen 20 Reconfiguring Humanity in Amazonia: Christianity and Change 363Aparecida Vilaca 21 Language in Christian Conversion 387William F. Hanks Part VI Persons and Histories 407 22 Canonizing Soviet Pasts in Contemporary Russia: The Case of Saint Matrona of Moscow 409Jeanne Kormina 23 Reflections on Death, Religion, Identity, and the Anthropology of Religion 425Ellen Badone 24 S pirits and Selves Revisited: Za r and Islam in Northern Sudan 444Janice Boddy Part VII Powers 469 25 The Political Landscape of Early State Religions 471Edward Swenson 26 A Syariah Judiciary as a Global Assemblage: Islamization and Beyond in a Southeast Asian Context 489Michael G. Peletz 27 The Catholicization of Neoliberalism 507Andrea Muehlebach 28 The Sacred and the City: Modernity, Religion, and the Urban Form in Central Africa 528Filip De Boeck Index 549

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