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Anthropology of Religion An Introduction

ISBN-10: 140512105X
ISBN-13: 9781405121057
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Fiona Bowie
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Book details

List price: $50.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.02" wide x 9.05" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Now available in a revised second edition, this popular introduction to the anthropology of religion combines discussion of the origin and development of debates within the field, with a look at where the subject is heading. Introduces readers to the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion and illustrates them with specific case studies. Features self-contained chapters, each with its own comprehensive bibliography, so that they can be approached in any order. Contains an additional chapter on mythology and a number of new illustrations. Incorporates coverage of the following topics in the existing structure: pilgrimage, spirit possession and cargo cults. Includes a list of ethnographic films and videos that can be used to illustrate and extend discussion of particular issues.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Theories and Controversies
Introduction
Issues in the Study of Religion
The Origins of Religion
Defining Religion
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
The Body as Symbol
Introduction
Symbolic Classification and the Body
Training the Body and Social Control
Personal and Cultural Symbols
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
Maintaining and Transforming Boundaries: the Politics of Religious Identity
Introduction
Ritual Purity and Social Boundaries
Negotiating Identities
Contesting Boundaries
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
Sex, Gender, and the Sacred
Introduction
Looking at Women
Reflexivity and Gender
Gendered Studies
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
Religion, Culture, and Environment
Introduction
Cosmology
Mythology, Gender, and the Environment
Totemism and the Dreamtime
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
Ritual Theory, Rites of Passage, and Ritual Violence
Introduction
What is Ritual?
Rites of Passage
Ritual Violence
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
Shamanism
Introduction
Different Approaches to the Study of Shamanism
Arctic Shamanism
Shamanism in the Industrialized West
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
Witchcraft and the Evil Eye
Introduction
Witchcraft in Africa
Witchcraft in Rural France
The Evil Eye
The Mentalities Debate
Notes
References and Further Reading
Pilgrimage
Introduction
Approaches to the Study of Pilgrimage
The Politics of Religious Synthesis
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
Myth
Introduction
Myth and Ritual
Malinowski and the Function of Myth
The Power of Myth
The Structural Study of Myth
Joseph Campbell and the Monomyth
History, Myth, and Memory
Conclusion
Notes
References and Further Reading
Film and Video Resources
Index

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