A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion / Edition 2

A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion / Edition 2

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by Michael Lambek
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405136146

ISBN-13: 9781405136143

Pub. Date: 04/18/2008

Publisher: Wiley

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

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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 Palmié
  • Includes indexed bibliography arranged according to both ethnographic region and religious topics and practices

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405136143
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/18/2008
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #12
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
696
Sales rank:
698,573
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.28(d)

Table of Contents

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

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