Anthropology and Theology: Gods, Icons and God-Talk

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Anthropology and Theology is a stimulating exploration of the anthropology of theology, a new field of research that is still being shaped and defined. This follow up to Explorations in Anthropology and Theology includes contributions by theologians, most notably Mark Taylor. Together, the contributing anthropologists and theologians delve into the world of indigenous religious systems, treating them with the respect and attention that is usually given only to the major world religions. The topics covered include...

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Overview

Anthropology and Theology is a stimulating exploration of the anthropology of theology, a new field of research that is still being shaped and defined. This follow up to Explorations in Anthropology and Theology includes contributions by theologians, most notably Mark Taylor. Together, the contributing anthropologists and theologians delve into the world of indigenous religious systems, treating them with the respect and attention that is usually given only to the major world religions. The topics covered include American secular rituals, feminist spirituality, the impact of modernization on traditional religions, alternative approaches to the sacred, and implications for field work. Most of the major ethnographic areas of the world are represented, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Arctic, and the United States. This collection of works is indispensable as a source that addresses the relevance of theology and anthropology to one another. Recommended for various courses in theology, anthropology of religion, symbolic anthropology, and field work.

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Presents papers from a 1994 meeting of the American Anthropological Association, plus six additional essays by theologians, representing inquiry into the anthropology of theology. Touches on subjects such as spirit in the researching of cultural worlds, what theologians can learn from anthropology, the social location of sacred knowledge, feminist spirituality, African polygamy, Maya mythology, and sacraments and society. Adams teaches at Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Salamone teaches anthropology and sociology at Iona College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761814771
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

William Randolph Adams is Researcher at the Drug and Alcohol Research Studies Program at Brown University. Frank A. Salamone is Professor of Anthropology at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introducing this Volume chapter 2 "Spirit" in the Researching of Cultural Worlds: On Theology's Contributions to Anthropology chapter 3 Beginning a Theology of Anthropology: Theological Reflections on Victor Turner's Last Work chapter 4 Christian Theology, Sin and Anthropology chapter 5 Crossing the Great Divide: What Anthropologists Might Learn From Theology chapter 6 The Social Location of Sacred Knowledge chapter 7 Feminist Spirituality, Theology and Anthropology chapter 8 Theology and the Anthropological Study of Spirit Events in a IĆ„upiat Village chapter 9 Theoretical Reflections on the Chagnon-Salesian Controversy chapter 10 The Theology of Change: Evangelical Protestantism and the Collapse of Native Religion in a Peasant Area of Mexico chapter 11 Musings From the Field: Miters, Midwives and Maya Myths chapter 12 Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) and the Professionalization of Theology chapter 13 African Polygamy and Its Theological Lessons for America chapter 14 African-American Muslim Foodways: Nutritional Healing and the Construction of Identity chapter 15 Adoring the Father: Religion and Charisma in an American Polygamous Community chapter 16 Natural Modeling in Lacandon Maya Mythology chapter 17 "Back Home in Indiana:" The Semiotics of Pilgrimage and Belief in Honor of an American Icon chapter 18 Processes and Dynamics of Community Fission and Maintenance: An Ojibway Case chapter 19 Sacraments and Society: An Anthropologist Asks, What Women Could Be Doing in the Church? chapter 20 Anthropology and Theology: The Legacy of a Link chapter 21 Bibliography chapter 22 Index

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