9780631221135

A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion

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    9780631221135

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    0631221131

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion is a collection of some of the most significant classic and contemporary writings within the anthropology of religion. Editor Michael Lambek has taken care to avoid reifying the category of religion and the various topics often subsumed within it. Indeed, a major contribution by anthropologists has been to challenge these kinds of categories, which stem from Western thought and language, Christianity, and ethnocentric views of non-Western people. This Reader includes material whose theme is religion in a straightforward and obvious sense, as well as contributions that expand how we might look at religion and the horizons of what we mean by religion linking it to broader questions of culture and politics. Designed for maximum utility, the volume includes a general introduction as well as an extensive bibliography indexed according to both ethnographic region and religious topics and practices, in order to enhance its accessibility. Each section and individual entry in the volume includes brief prefatory remarks by the editor and suggestions for further reading.

Author Biography

Michael Lambek is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
General Introduction 1(16)
Part 1 The Context of Understanding and Debate 17(116)
Opening Frameworks
19(1)
Introduction
19(2)
Religion in Primitive Culture
21(13)
Edward Burnett Tylor
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
34(16)
Emile Durkheim
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
50(11)
Max Weber
Religion as a Cultural System
61(24)
Clifford Geertz
Skeptical Rejoinders
83(1)
Introduction
83(2)
Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough
85(5)
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Religion, Totemism and Symbolism
90(9)
W. E. H. Stanner
Christians as Believers
99(15)
Malcolm Ruel
The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category
114(19)
Talal Asad
Part II Poiesis: The Composition of Religious Worlds 133(194)
Signs and Symbols
135(1)
Introduction
135(1)
The Logic of Signs and Symbols
136(9)
Susanne K. Langer
The Problem of Symbols
145(13)
E. E. Evans-Pritchard
On Key Symbols
158(10)
Sherry B. Ortner
The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol
168(8)
Eric R. Wolf
Structure, Function, and Interpretation
175(1)
Introduction
175(1)
Myth in Primitive Psychology
176(9)
Bronislaw Malinowski
Folk Dialectics of Nature and Culture
185(9)
Marshall Sablins
Land Animals, Pure and Impure
194(16)
Mary Douglas
A Jivaro Version of Totem and Taboo
210(11)
Claude Levi-Strauss
Text-Building, Epistemology, and Aesthetics in Javanese Shadow Theatre
221(23)
Alton L. Becker
Moral Inversions and Spaces of Disorder
243(1)
Introduction
243(1)
The Winnebago Trickster Figure
244(14)
Paul Radin
Witchcraft and Sexual Relations: An Exploration in the Social and Semantic Implications of the Structure of Belief
258(17)
Raymond C. Kelly
The Politics and Poetics of Transgression
275(15)
Peter Stallybrass
Allon White
Conceptualizing the Cosmos
289(1)
Introduction
289(1)
Closure and Multiplication: An Essay on Polynesian Cosmology and Ritual
290(16)
Alfred Gell
Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism
306(21)
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
Part III Praxis: Religious Action 327(142)
The Movement in Ritual: Emergence
329(1)
Introduction
329(1)
The Control of Experience: Symbolic Action
330(10)
Godfrey Lienhardt
Form and Meaning of Magical Acts
340(18)
Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
Liminality and Communitas
358(18)
Victor Turner
Religion and Personal Experience
375(1)
Introduction
375(1)
Fate in Relation to the Social Structure
376(7)
Meyer Fortes
Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience
383(15)
Gananath Obeyesekere
Spirits and Selves in Northern Sudan: The Cultural Therapeutics of Possession and Trance
398(21)
Janice Boddy
The Poetics of Time in Mayan Divination
419(13)
Dennis Tedlock
What Ritual Does: The Foundations of Order
431(1)
Introduction
431(1)
The Disconnection between Power and Rank as a Process
432(14)
Maurice Bloch
Enactments of Meaning
446(23)
Roy A. Rappaport
Part IV Historical Dynamics: Power, Modernity, and Change 469(102)
Capitalism, Colonialism, Christianity, and Conflict
471(1)
Introduction
471(1)
The Genesis of Capitalism amongst a South American Peasantry: Devil's Labor and the Baptism of Money
472(21)
Michael Taussig
The Colonization of Consciousness
493(19)
John
Jean Comaroff
Religious Ethics and Politics in the State and the Transnational Scene
511(1)
Introduction
511(1)
Civil Religion in America
512(11)
Robert N. Bellah
``Using the Past to Negate the Present'': Ritual Ethics and State Rationality in Ancient China
523(13)
Mayfair Mei-hui Yang
Passional Preaching, Aural Sensibility, and the Islamic Revival in Cairo
536(19)
Charles Hirschkind
Moral Landscapes: Ethical Discourses among Orthodox and Diaspora Jains
555(16)
Anne Vallely
Part V Research Tools 571(2)
A Guide to the Literature 573(12)
Bibliography 585(29)
Index 614

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