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The Anthropology of Religion: An Introduction / Edition 2
     

The Anthropology of Religion: An Introduction / Edition 2

by Fiona Bowie
 

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ISBN-10: 140512105X

ISBN-13: 9781405121057

Pub. Date: 12/21/2007

Publisher: Wiley

The second edition of this popular introduction to the anthropology of religion now features new chapters on mythology and pilgrimage, as well as coverage of topics such as spirit possession and cargo cults. The volume:

  • Introduces readers to the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion, illustrating them with specific case studies;

Overview

The second edition of this popular introduction to the anthropology of religion now features new chapters on mythology and pilgrimage, as well as coverage of topics such as spirit possession and cargo cults. The volume:

  • Introduces readers to the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion, illustrating them with specific case studies;
  • Features self-contained chapters, each with its own comprehensive bibliography, so that they can be approached in any order;
  • Develops ideas throughout the book, linking the work of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scholars, and contemporary ideas and practices;
  • Includes an appendix offering a list of ethnographic films and videos that can be used to illustrate and extend the discussion of particular issues.

This accessible textbook will inspire students to explore the field further and encourage them to see that anthropology is not just about reading or doing fieldwork, but offers an enriching way of looking at the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405121057
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/21/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
852,272
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionxiii
Preface to the First Editionix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1Theories and Controversies1
Introduction1
Issues in the Study of Religion2
The Origins of Religion12
Defining Religion18
Conclusion25
Notes26
References and Further Reading29
2The Body as Symbol34
Introduction34
Symbolic Classification and the Body35
Training the Body and Social Control49
Personal and Cultural Symbols54
Conclusion57
Notes58
References and Further Reading59
3Maintaining and Transforming Boundaries: the Politics of Religious Identity62
Introduction62
Ritual Purity and Social Boundaries64
Negotiating Identities68
Contesting Boundaries73
Conclusion78
Notes79
References and Further Reading79
4Sex, Gender, and the Sacred82
Introduction82
Looking at Women84
Reflexivity and Gender89
Gendered Studies92
Conclusion101
Notes101
References and Further Reading103
5Religion, Culture, and Environment107
Introduction107
Cosmology108
Mythology, Gender, and the Environment117
Totemism and the Dreamtime124
Conclusion131
Notes132
References and Further Reading133
6Ritual Theory, Rites of Passage, and Ritual Violence138
Introduction138
What is Ritual?140
Rites of Passage147
Ritual Violence161
Conclusion168
Notes168
References and Further Reading169
7Shamanism174
Introduction174
Different Approaches to the Study of Shamanism175
Arctic Shamanism181
Shamanism in the Industrialized West191
Conclusion195
Notes196
References and Further Reading197
8Witchcraft and the Evil Eye200
Introduction200
Witchcraft in Africa202
Witchcraft in Rural France212
The Evil Eye215
The Mentalities Debate220
Notes229
References and Further Reading232
9Pilgrimage237
Introduction237
Approaches to the Study of Pilgrimage238
The Politics of Religious Synthesis252
Conclusion258
Notes259
References and Further Reading262
10Myth267
Introduction267
Myth and Ritual269
Malinowski and the Function of Myth272
The Power of Myth275
The Structural Study of Myth279
Joseph Campbell and the Monomyth284
History, Myth, and Memory291
Conclusion298
Notes298
References and Further Reading301
AppendixFilm and Video Resources305
Index324

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