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Religions in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion / Edition 5
     

Religions in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion / Edition 5

by John R. Bowen
 

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ISBN-10: 0205795250

ISBN-13: 2900205795252

Pub. Date: 05/13/2010

Publisher: Pearson

Religions in Practice provides a comprehensive and primarily theme-based overview for students who are being introduced to the anthropology of religion. While covering traditional topics like magic, witchcraft, and spiritual healing, the book also addresses key contemporary subjects such as migration, nationalism, transnationalism, law, and secularism. It

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Religions in Practice provides a comprehensive and primarily theme-based overview for students who are being introduced to the anthropology of religion. While covering traditional topics like magic, witchcraft, and spiritual healing, the book also addresses key contemporary subjects such as migration, nationalism, transnationalism, law, and secularism. It offers an issues-oriented perspective on everyday religious behaviors and examines small-scale societies as well as major, established religions. Bowen successfully balances the presentation of theory and concepts with rich case study examples, integrating theoretical discussion with a wide range of cross-cultural ethnographic material.

This seventh edition has been updated throughout and the opening chapters have been reworked to focus more clearly on the question of what is ‘religion’ and on approaches to studying religion. There is also a new final chapter on violence and religion. The book now contains a greater number of illustrations and each chapter ends with questions for discussion. Further resources are available via a comprehensive companion website.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900205795252
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
05/13/2010
Series:
Pearson Custom Anthropology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

Part One: Theories and Authority
1. Studying religion through practice
2. Social theory and the anthropology of religion
3. Authority and centralization
4. States, secularisms and religions

Part Two: Materialities and Morality
5. Meanings and materiality
6. Material transformations in Catholicism
7. Transatlantic religions
8. Embodiment and materiality in healing
9. Embodied harmfulness
10. Boundaries: shaping time, space, and selves

Part Three: Languages and Movement
11. Speech and Grace in Protestantism
12. Revelation and Authority in Islam
13. Virtual religion
14. Migration and diaspora
15. Religious mobilizing

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