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The Anthropology of Christianity

The Anthropology of Christianity

  • Author: Fenella Cannell
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822336464
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 373
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Ethnographies exploring the vastly different ways that Christianity is experienced and understood by different groups around the world.

The Anthropology of Catholicism

The Anthropology of Catholicism

A Reader

  • Author: Kristin Norget
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520963369
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
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Aimed at a wide audience of readers, The Anthropology of Catholicism is the first companion guide to this burgeoning field within the anthropology of Christianity. Bringing to light Catholicism’s long but comparatively ignored presence within the discipline of anthropology, the book introduces readers to key studies in the field, as well as to current analyses on the present and possible futures of Catholicism globally. This reader provides both ethnographic material and theoretical reflections on Catholicism around the world, demonstrating how a revised anthropology of Catholicism can generate new insights and analytical frameworks that will impact anthropology as well as other disciplines.

The Anthropology of Religious Conversion

The Anthropology of Religious Conversion

  • Author: Andrew Buckser,Stephen D. Glazier
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742517783
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 236
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This text paints a picture of conversion far more complex than its customary image in anthropology and religious studies.

The Limits of Meaning

The Limits of Meaning

Case Studies in the Anthropology of Christianity

  • Author: Matthew Engelke,Matt Tomlinson
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 9780857457097
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 252
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Too often, anthropological accounts of ritual leave readers with the impression that everything goes smoothly, that rituals are "meaningful events." But what happens when rituals fail, or when they seem "meaningless"? Drawing on research in the anthropology of Christianity from around the globe, the authors in this volume suggest that in order to analyze meaning productively, we need to consider its limits. This collection is a welcome new addition to the anthropology of religion, offering fresh debates on a classic topic and drawing attention to meaning in a way that other volumes have for key terms like "culture" and "fieldwork.

The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

  • Author: Simon Coleman,Rosalind I. J. Hackett
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814772609
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 288
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The phenomenal growth of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism around the world in recent decades has forced us to rethink what it means to be religious and what it means to be global. The success of these religious movements has revealed tensions and resonances between the public and the private, the religious and the cultural, and the local and the global. This volume provides a wide ranging and accessible, as well as ethnographically rich, perspective on what has become a truly global religious trend, one that is challenging conventional analytical categories within the social sciences. This book informs students and seasoned scholars alike about the character of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism not only as they have spread across the globe, but also as they have become global movements. Adopting a broadly anthropological approach, the chapters synthesize the existing literature on Pentecostalism and evangelicalism even as they offer new analyses and critiques. They show how the study of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism provides a fresh way to approach classic anthropological themes; they contest the frequent characterization of these movements as conservative religious, social, and political forces; and they argue that Pentecostalism and evangelicalism are significant not least because they encourage us to reflect on the intersections of politics, materiality, morality and law. Ultimately, the volume leaves us with a clear sense of the cultural and social power, as well as the theoretical significance, of forms of Christianity that we can no longer afford to ignore.

Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

  • Author: Chris Hann,Hermann Goltz
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520260562
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 375
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Chiefly rev. papers from a conference held in Sept. 2005 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

Spirits of Protestantism

Spirits of Protestantism

Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

  • Author: Pamela E. Klassen
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520950445
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 348
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Spirits of Protestantism reveals how liberal Protestants went from being early-twentieth-century medical missionaries seeking to convert others through science and scripture, to becoming vocal critics of missionary arrogance who experimented with non-western healing modes such as Yoga and Reiki. Drawing on archival and ethnographic sources, Pamela E. Klassen shows how and why the very notion of healing within North America has been infused with a Protestant "supernatural liberalism." In the course of coming to their changing vision of healing, liberal Protestants became pioneers three times over: in the struggle against the cultural and medical pathologizing of homosexuality; in the critique of Christian missionary triumphalism; and in the diffusion of an ever-more ubiquitous anthropology of "body, mind, and spirit." At a time when the political and anthropological significance of Christianity is being hotly debated, Spirits of Protestantism forcefully argues for a reconsideration of the historical legacies and cultural effects of liberal Protestantism, even for the anthropology of religion itself.

A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion

A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion

  • Author: Janice Boddy,Michael Lambek
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1119124999
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 584
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A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion presents a collection of original, ethnographically–informed essays that explore the variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary world and asks how to think about religion as a subject of anthropological inquiry. Presents a collection of original, ethnographically–informed essays exploring the wide variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary world Explores a broad range of topics including the perspectivism debate, the rise of religious nationalism, reflections on religion and new media, religion and politics, and ideas of self and gender in relation to religious belief Includes examples drawn from different religious traditions and from several regions of the world Features newly–commissioned articles reflecting the most up–to–date research and critical thinking in the field, written by an international team of leading scholars Adds immeasurably to our understanding of the complex relationships between religion, culture, society, and the individual in today s world

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

  • Author: John Barker
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317044975
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 258
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The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond examines how Melanesians experience and deal with moral dilemmas and challenges. Taking Kenelm Burridge’s seminal work as their starting point, the contributors focus upon public situations and types of people that exemplify key ethical contradictions for members of moral communities. While returning to some classical concerns, such as the roles of big men and sorcerers, the book opens new territory with richly textured ethnographic studies and theoretical reviews that explore the interface between the values associated with indigenous village life and the ethical orientations associated with Christianity, the state, the marketplace, and other facets of ’modernity'. A major contribution to the emerging field of the anthropology of morality, the volume includes some of the most prominent scholars working in the discipline today, including Bruce Knauft, Joel Robbins, F.G. Bailey, Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington.

The Anthropology of Protestantism

The Anthropology of Protestantism

Faith and Crisis among Scottish Fishermen

  • Author: Joseph Webster
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137336544
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 244
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Through his ethnographic study of the fishermen and their religious beliefs, Webster speaks to larger debates about religious radicalism, materiality, economy, language, and the symbolic. These debates also call into question assumptions about the decline of religion in modern industrial societies.