Reader in the Anthropology of Religion

ISBN-10: 1405136146
ISBN-13: 9781405136143
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Micheal Lambek
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List price: $71.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 696
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

For anthropologists it has always been necessary to question and confront the components of religion, in order to understand its influence in society. In the second edition of the highly acclaimed Reader in the Anthropology of Religion, Michael Lambek collects some of the most significant classic and contemporary writings on the subject, creating an unparalleled guide to the past, present, and future of the field.Including nine additional selections, among them classic pieces by Pouillon, Burridge, and Meyerhoff, as well as more contemporary work by Harding, De Boeck, and Palmi , 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. Lambek begins with a general introduction to familiarize the reader with the subject matter, and then prefaces each selection with helpful contextual remarks and suggestions for further reading. Additionally, the inclusion of research tools and an extensive bibliography indexed by both ethnographic region and religious topics and practices lends unsurpassed accessibility to this text.

Preface to Second Edition
General Introduction
The Context of Understanding and Debate
Opening Frameworks
Introduction
Religion in Primitive Culture
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Religion as a Cultural System
Skeptical Rejoinders
Introduction
Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough
Religion, Totemism and Symbolism
Remarks on the Verb "To Believe"
Christians as Believers
The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category
Poiesis: The Composition of Religious Worlds
Signs and Symbols
Introduction
The Logic of Signs and Symbols
The Problem of Symbols
On Key Symbols
The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol
Structure, Function, and Interpretation
Introduction
Myth in Primitive Psychology
Folk Dialectics of Nature and Culture
Land Animals, Pure and Impure
A Jivaro Version of Totem and Taboo
Text-Building, Epistemology, and Aesthetics in Javanese Shadow Theatre
Moral Inversions and Spaces of Disorder
Introduction
The Winnebago Trickster Figure
Witchcraft and Sexual Relations: An Exploration in the Social and Semantic Implications of the Structure of Belief
The Politics and Poetics of Transgression
Conceptualizing the Cosmos
Introduction
Closure and Multiplication: An Essay on Polynesian Cosmology and Ritual
Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism
Praxis: Religious Action
The Movement in Ritual: Emergence
Introduction
The Control of Experience: Symbolic Action
Form and Meaning of Magical Acts
Liminality and Communitas
Gender, Subjectivity, and the Body
Introduction
"Jewish Comes Up in You from the Roots"
Fate in Relation to the Social Structure
Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience
Spirits and Selves in Northern Sudan: The Cultural Therapeutics of Possession and Trance
The Poetics of Time in Mayan Divination
What Ritual Does: The Foundations of Order
Introduction
The Disconnection between Power and Rank as a Process
Enactments of Meaning
Historical Dynamics: Power, Modernity, and Change
Capitalism, Colonialism, Christianity, and Conflict
Introduction
New Heaven, New Earth
The Genesis of Capitalism amongst a South American Peasantry: Devil's Labor and the Baptism of Money
The Colonization of Consciousness
Convicted by the Holy Spirit: The Rhetoric of Fundamental Baptist Conversion
On Being Shege in Kinshasa: Children, the Occult and the Street
Religious Ethics and Politics in the State, Public Sphere, and Transnational Scene
Introduction
Civil Religion in America
Shamanic Practices and the State in Northern Asia: Views from the Center and Periphery
"Using the Past to Negate the Present": Ritual Ethics and State Rationality in Ancient China
Passional Preaching, Aural Sensibility, and the Islamic Revival in Cairo
Moral Landscapes: Ethical Discourses among Orthodox and Diaspora Jains
Candomble in Pink, Green and Black: Re-scripting the Afro-Brazilian Religious Heritage in the Public Sphere of Salvador, Bahia
Martyr vs. Martyr: The Sacred Language of Violence
Afterword
Evidence and Presence, Spectral and Other
Research Tools
A Guide to the Literature
Bibliography
Index

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