The Anthropology of Religion: An Introduction / Edition 2

The Anthropology of Religion: An Introduction / Edition 2

by Fiona Bowie
     
 

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;

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405121057
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/21/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
734,153
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

1Theories and controversies1
2The body as symbol34
3Maintaining and transforming boundaries : the politics of religious identity62
4Sex, gender, and the sacred82
5Religion, culture, and environment107
6Ritual theory, rites of passage, and ritual violence138
7Shamanism174
8Witchcraft and the evil eye200
9Pilgrimage237
10Myth267

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