A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion (Wiley Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology 2nd Edition)

A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion (Wiley Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology 2nd Edition)

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A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion is a collection of some of the most significant classic and contemporary writings in the field. Updated in its second edition, this volume examines numerous aspects of religion in a diversity of cultures and expands upon the idea of what we mean by religion , linking it to some of the broader questions of culture and politics. Collects classic and contemporary articles from the major thinkers in both North American and British anthropology Emphasizes the ongoing conversation among anthropologists with respect to central questions of religious behavior Presents comprehensive coverage of theory and religious practice, through time and ethnographic regions, integrated by editorial commentary Includes additional classic pieces by Pouillon, Burridge, and Meyerhoff, as well as more contemporary work by Harding, De Boeck, and Palmie Includes indexed bibliography arranged according to both ethnographic region and religious topics and practices

About Author

Michael Lambek is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is author of The Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanga, Madagascar (2002), Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte (1993), and Human Spirits (1981), and co-editor of Tense Past: Cultural Essays in Trauma and Memory (1996) and Illness and Irony: On the Ambiguity of Suffering in Culture (2004) (both with Paul Antze).


Preface to Second Edition xi General Introduction 1 Part I The Context of Understanding and Debate 19 Opening Frameworks 21 Introduction 21 1 Religion in Primitive Culture 23 Edward Burnett Tylor 2 The Elementary Forms of Religious Life 34 Emile Durkheim 3 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 48 Max Weber 4 Religion as a Cultural System 57 Clifford Geertz Skeptical Rejoinders 77 Introduction 77 5 Remarks on Frazer s Golden Bough 79 Ludwig Wittgenstein 6 Religion, Totemism and Symbolism 82 W. E. H. Stanner 7 Remarks on the Verb To Believe 90 Jean Pouillon 8 Christians as Believers 97 Malcolm Ruel 9 The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category 110 Talal Asad Part II Poiesis: The Composition of Religious Worlds 127 Signs and Symbols 129 Introduction 129 10 The Logic of Signs and Symbols 131 Susanne K. Langer 11 The Problem of Symbols 139 E. E. Evans-Pritchard 12 On Key Symbols 151 Sherry B. Ortner 13 The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol 160 Eric R. Wolf Structure, Function, and Interpretation 167 Introduction 167 14 Myth in Primitive Psychology 168 Bronislaw Malinowski 15 Folk Dialectics of Nature and Culture 176 Marshall Sahlins 16 Land Animals, Pure and Impure 183 Mary Douglas 17 A Jivaro Version of Totem and Taboo 196 Claude Levi-Strauss 18 Text-Building, Epistemology, and Aesthetics in Javanese Shadow Theatre 206 Alton L. Becker Moral Inversions and Spaces of Disorder 225 I ntroduction 225 19 The Winnebago Trickster Figure 226 Paul Radin 20 Witchcraft and Sexual Relations: An Exploration in the Social and Semantic Implications of the Structure of Belief 238 Raymond C. Kelly 21 The Politics and Poetics of Transgression 253 Peter Stallybrass and Allon White Conceptualizing the Cosmos 265 Introduction 265 22 Closure and Multiplication: An Essay on Polynesian Cosmology and Ritual 267 Alfred Gell 23 Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism 280 Eduardo Viveiros de Castro Part III Praxis: Religious Action 299 The Movement in Ritual: Emergence 301 Introduction 301 24 The Control of Experience: Symbolic Action 302 Godfrey Lienhardt 25 Form and Meaning of Magical Acts 311 Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah 26 Liminality and Communitas 326 Victor Turner Gender, Subjectivity, and the Body 341 Introduction 341 27 Jewish Comes Up in You from the Roots 342 Barbara Myerhoff 28 Fate in Relation to the Social Structure 350 Meyer Fortes 29 Medusa s Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience 356 Gananath Obeyesekere 30 Spirits and Selves in Northern Sudan: The Cultural Therapeutics of Possession and Trance 368 Janice Boddy 31 The Poetics of Time in Mayan Divination 386 Dennis Tedlock What Ritual Does: The Foundations of Order 397 Introduction 397 32 The Disconnection between Power and Rank as a Process 398 Maurice Bloch 33 Enactments of Meaning 410 Roy A. Rappaport Part IV Historical Dynamics: Power, Modernity, and Change 429 Capitalism, Colonialism, Christianity, and Conflict 431 Introduction 431 34 New Heaven, New Earth 432 Kenelm Burridge 35 The Genesis of Capitalism amongst a South American Peasantry: Devil s Labor and the Baptism of Money 447 Michael Taussig 36 The Colonization of Consciousness 464 John and Jean Comaroff 37 Convicted by the Holy Spirit: The Rhetoric of Fundamental Baptist Conversion 479 Susan F. Harding 38 On Being Shege in Kinshasa: Children, the Occult and the Street 495 Filip De Boeck Religious Ethics and Politics in the State, Public Sphere, and Transnational Scene 507 Introduction 507 39 Civil Religion in America 509 Robert N. Bellah 40 Shamanic Practices and the State in Northern Asia: Views from the Center and Periphery 519 Caroline Humphrey 41 Using the Past to Negate the Present : Ritual Ethics and State Rationality in Ancient China 533 Mayfair Mei-hui Yang 42 Passional Preaching, Aural Sensibility, and the Islamic Revival in Cairo 544 Charles Hirschkind 43 Moral Landscapes: Ethical Discourses among Orthodox and Diaspora Jains 560 Anne Vallely 44 Candomble in Pink, Green and Black: Re-scripting the Afro-Brazilian Religious Heritage in the Public Sphere of Salvador, Bahia 573 Mattijs van de Port 45 Martyr vs. Martyr: The Sacred Language of Violence 590 Galit Hasan-Rokem Afterword 597 46 Evidence and Presence, Spectral and Other 598 Stephan Palmie Part V Research Tools 611 A Guide to the Literature 613 Bibliography 630 Index 673

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  • ISBN13: 9781405136143
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 696
  • ID: 9781405136143
  • weight: 1154
  • ISBN10: 1405136146
  • edition: 2nd Edition

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