Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction

Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction

by Brian Morris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521852412

ISBN-13: 9780521852418

Pub. Date: 12/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Focusing on more recent classical ethnographies, this important study provides a critical introduction to the social anthropology of religion. It covers all the major religious traditions that have been studied concretely by anthropologists—Shamanism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and its relation to African and Melanesian religions and contemporary

Overview

Focusing on more recent classical ethnographies, this important study provides a critical introduction to the social anthropology of religion. It covers all the major religious traditions that have been studied concretely by anthropologists—Shamanism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and its relation to African and Melanesian religions and contemporary Neopaganism. Treating religion as a social institution and not simply as an ideology or symbolic system, the book follows the dual heritage of social anthropology in combining an interpretative approach with sociological analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521852418
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Shamanism; 2. Buddhism and spirit cults; 3. Islam and popular religion; 4. Hinduism and new religious movements; 5. Christianity and religion in Africa; 6. African American religion; 7. Religions in Melanesia; 8. Neopaganism and the New Age movement.

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