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The Anthropology of Religion (2nd Edition)

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This bestselling introduction to the anthropology of religion is now available in a fully revised new edition. Along with comprehensive updating, it now features a new chapter on mythology, as well as coverage of topics such as pilgrimage, spirit possession...


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This bestselling introduction to the anthropology of religion is now available in a fully revised new edition. Along with comprehensive updating, it now features a new chapter on mythology, as well as coverage of topics such as pilgrimage, spirit possession and cargo cults. Illustrates central theoretical ideas with specific case studies Features self-contained chapters, each with its own comprehensive bibliography, so that they can be approached in any order Links the work of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scholars with contemporary ideas and practices Lists ethnographic films and videos that illustrate particular issues. This accessible textbook will inspire students to explore the field further and encourage them to see that anthropology is not just about reading or doing fieldwork, but offers an enriching way of looking at world.
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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.
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Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Acknowledgments 1 Theories and Controversies Introduction Issues in the Study of Religion The Origins of Religion Defining Religion Conclusion Notes References and Further Reading 2 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 3 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 4 Sex, Gender, and the Sacred Introduction Looking at Women Reflexivity and Gender Gendered Studies Conclusion Notes References and Further Reading 5 Religion, Culture, and Environment Introduction Cosmology Mythology, Gender, and the Environment Totemism and the Dreamtime Conclusion Notes References and Further Reading 6 Ritual Theory, Rites of Passage, and Ritual Violence Introduction What is Ritual? Rites of Passage Ritual Violence Conclusion Notes References and Further Reading 7 Shamanism Introduction Different Approaches to the Study of Shamanism Arctic Shamanism Shamanism in the Industrialized West Conclusion Notes References and Further Reading 8 Witchcraft and the Evil Eye Introduction Witchcraft in Africa Witchcraft in Rural France The Evil Eye The Mentalities Debate Notes References and Further Reading 9 Pilgrimage Introduction Approaches to the Study of Pilgrimage The Politics of Religious Synthesis Conclusion Notes References and Further Reading 10 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 Appendix: Film and Video Resources Index
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Fiona Bowie

Fiona Bowie is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol.

  • Preface To The Second Edition. Preface To The First Edition. Acknowledgments. 1 Theories And Controversies. Introduction. Issues In The Study Of Religion. The Origins Of Religion. Defining Religion. Conclusion. Notes. References And Further Reading. 2 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. 3 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. 4 Sex, Gender, And The Sacred. Introduction. Looking At Women. Reflexivity And Gender. Gendered Studies. Conclusion. Notes. References And Further Reading. 5 Religion, Culture, And Environment. Introduction. Cosmology. Mythology, Gender, And The Environment. Totemism And The Dreamtime. Conclusion. Notes. References And Further Reading. 6 Ritual Theory, Rites Of Passage, And Ritual Violence. Introduction. What Is Ritual?. Rites Of Passage. Ritual Violence. Conclusion. Notes. References And Further Reading. 7 Shamanism. Introduction. Different Approaches To The Study Of Shamanism. Arctic Shamanism. Shamanism In The Industrialized West. Conclusion. Notes. References And Further Reading. 8 Witchcraft And The Evil Eye. Introduction. Witchcraft In Africa. Witchcraft In Rural France. The Evil Eye. The Mentalities Debate. Notes. References And Further Reading. 9 Pilgrimage. Introduction. Approaches To The Study Of Pilgrimage. The Politics Of Religious Synthesis. Conclusion. Notes. References And Further Reading. 10 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. Appendix: Film And Video Resources. Index

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