Religions in Practice

An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion

Author: John Richard Bowen

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205418145

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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This widely used textbook offers a unique perspective on how people engage in everyday religious practices, such as prayer, sacrifice, pilgrimage, and dress, as well as investigates major issues of gender, nation-states, and laws with respect to religion. Highlights of the Third Edition Chapter 1, "Studying Religion through Practice" brings the entire volume up to date by relating the approach taken in the text to post-9/11 concerns. A new Chapter 2, "Social Theory in the Anthropology of Religion," considers the role of social theory in shaping the study of religion through an examination of the contemporary importance of work by Tylor, Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Freud, and more recent theorists. Chapters 3 and 4 from the Second Edition have been combined into a single chapter--Chapter 4, "Rituals and the Shaping of Emotions." Chapter 6, "Patterns, Powers, and the Self" includes new sections on sports magic and new religions in the United States including Wicca or modern witchcraft. An entirely new Chapter 14, "Religion, Violence, and War," examines the role that religious beliefs and organizations play in promoting violence and war. Don't Miss These Special Value Package Options Research Navigator(TM) "Research Navigator(TM)" can be a student's best friend when they're facing a large research project. Especially helpful with the toughest challenge--getting started--"Research Navigator(TM)" offers a comprehensive, step-by-step walk-through of the research process, along with access to some of the most respected source databases available. Access to "Research Navigator(TM)"--a $15 value--is FREE when packagedwith a new Allyn & Bacon Anthropology textbook! If this text did not come packaged with "Research Navigator(TM)," look for it in your bookstore or visit http: //www.researchnavigator.com today to purchase immediate access. Themes of the Times for Cultural Anthropology This collection of recent articles from "The New York Times" will give you insight into current issues and debates, highlight interesting research, and show some of the practical applications of studying anthropology. Available FREE when packaged with a new Allyn & Bacon Anthropology textbook! Contact your local Allyn & Bacon representative and request special packaging codes to take advantage of these great offers.
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Azan on the Moon

Entangling Modernity along Tajikistan's Pamir Highway

Author: Till Mostowlansky

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822982404

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Azan on the Moon is an in-depth anthropological study of people’s lives along the Pamir Highway in eastern Tajikistan. Constructed in the 1930s in rugged high-altitude terrain, the road fundamentally altered the material and social fabric of this former Soviet outpost on the border with Afghanistan and China. The highway initially brought sentiments of disconnection and hardship, followed by Soviet modernization and development, and ultimately a sense of distinction from bordering countries and urban centers that continues to this day. Based on extensive fieldwork and through an analysis of construction, mobility, technology, media, development, Islam, and the state, Till Mostowlansky shows how ideas of modernity are both challenged and reinforced in contemporary Tajikistan. In the wake of China’s rise in Central Asia, people along the Pamir Highway strive to reconcile a modern future with a modern past. Weaving together the road, a population, and a region, Azan on the Moon presents a rich ethnography of global connections.
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The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion

Author: Lewis R. Rambo,Charles E. Farhadian

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199713545

Category: Religion

Page: 828

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The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion offers a comprehensive exploration of the dynamics of religious conversion, which for centuries has profoundly shaped societies, cultures, and individuals throughout the world. Scholars from a wide array of religions and disciplines interpret both the varieties of conversion experiences and the processes that inform this personal and communal phenomenon. This volume examines the experiences of individuals and communities who change religions, those who experience an intensification of their religion of origin, and those who encounter new religions through colonial intrusion, missionary work, and charismatic and revitalization movements. The thirty-two innovative essays provide overviews of the history of particular religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, indigenous religions, and new religious movements. The essays also offer a wide range of disciplinary perspectives-psychological, sociological, anthropological, legal, political, feminist, and geographical-on methods and theories deployed in understanding conversion, and insight into various forms of deconversion.
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The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

Author: Eugene C. Roehlkepartain,Peter L. Benson,Linda Wagener

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761930785

Category: Psychology

Page: 543

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The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence breaks new ground by articulating the state of knowledge in the area of childhood and adolescent spiritual development. Featuring a rich array of theory and research from an international assortment of leading social scientists in multiple disciplines, this book represents work from diverse traditions and approaches – making it an invaluable resource for scholars across a variety of disciplines and organizations.
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Konstruktives Interkulturelles Management

Author: Christoph Barmeyer

Publisher: UTB GmbH

ISBN: 3825250490

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

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Dieses Buch beschreibt die Potenziale und Ressourcen, die durch Konstruktives Interkulturelles Management erschlossen werden können und liefert zudem Impulse, es zu verstehen und gewinnbringend zu gestalten. Es wird gezeigt, dass Organisationen produktiver, kreativer und innovativer werden können, wenn sich verschieden kulturelle Elemente ergänzen oder sogar synergetisch zusammenwirken. Dieser Titel ist auf verschiedenen e-Book-Plattformen (Amazon, Apple, Libri, Thalia) auch als e-Pub-Version für mobile Lesegeräte verfügbar.
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Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Author: William M. Johnston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113678716X

Category: Reference

Page: 2000

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Migration und religiöse Praxis

Gujarats sunnitische Muslime in den ehemaligen »Homelands« Südafrikas

Author: Julia Koch

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839433207

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Die indo-muslimische Kaste der Sunni Vohras steht beispielhaft für komplexe Migrationsprozesse zwischen Indien und Südafrika und die weltweit verhandelte Spannung zwischen islamischen Stilen. In dieser ethnographischen Analyse »begleitet« Julia Koch Angehörige der Kaste auf ihrem Weg, der in zwei Dörfern der Abreise in Gujarat/Westindien beginnt und in zwei Ankunftsräumen in Südafrika endet. Von der hierbei eingenommenen Forschungsposition aus werden diese Orte symmetrisch betrachtet und die gegenwärtige Migration in die ehemaligen südafrikanischen »Homelands« wird in einen historischen Kontext eingebettet. Durch die Perspektive der Kastenangehörigen gelingt auch der Blick auf die sich wandelnde muslimische Praxis.
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The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History

Author: John Parker,Richard Reid

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191667552

Category: History

Page: 560

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The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History represents an invaluable tool for historians and others in the field of African studies. This collection of essays, produced by some of the finest scholars currently working in the field, provides the latest insights into, and interpretations of, the history of Africa - a continent with a rich and complex past. An understanding of this past is essential to gain perspective on Africa's current challenges, and this accessible and comprehensive volume will allow readers to explore various aspects - political, economic, social, and cultural - of the continent's history over the last two hundred years. Since African history first emerged as a serious academic endeavour in the 1950s and 1960s, it has undergone numerous shifts in terms of emphasis and approach, changes brought about by political and economic exigencies and by ideological debates. This multi-faceted Handbook is essential reading for anyone with an interest in those debates, and in Africa and its peoples. While the focus is determinedly historical, anthropology, geography, literary criticism, political science and sociology are all employed in this ground-breaking study of Africa's past.
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A Communion of Subjects

Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics

Author: Paul Waldau,Kimberley Christine Patton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231509979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 720

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A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including Thomas Berry (cultural history), Wendy Doniger (study of myth), Elizabeth Lawrence (veterinary medicine, ritual studies), Marc Bekoff (cognitive ethology), Marc Hauser (behavioral science), Steven Wise (animals and law), Peter Singer (animals and ethics), and Jane Goodall (primatology) consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into humans' relationships with animals and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live. Contributors examine Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, African religions, traditions from ancient Egypt and early China, and Native American, indigenous Tibetan, and Australian Aboriginal traditions, among others. They explore issues such as animal consciousness, suffering, sacrifice, and stewardship in innovative methodological ways. They also address contemporary challenges relating to law, biotechnology, social justice, and the environment. By grappling with the nature and ideological features of various religious views, the contributors cast religious teachings and practices in a new light. They reveal how we either intentionally or inadvertently marginalize "others," whether they are human or otherwise, reflecting on the ways in which we assign value to living beings. Though it is an ancient concern, the topic of "Religion and Animals" has yet to be systematically studied by modern scholars. This groundbreaking collection takes the first steps toward a meaningful analysis.
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Anthropology of Religion

The Unity and Diversity of Religions

Author: Richley H. Crapo

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 281

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This text offers an alternative to the case-driven approach that the sole use of a reader tends to foster. It provides students with ways of conceptualizing what religion is, what its social and psychological functions are, the nature of religious symbolism and religious behavior, and the organizational structure of religions. This text covers all the standard topics (e.g., ideology and symbolism, ritual and ceremony, organizational forms, and social and psychological functions of religion) as well as ones of more recent interest such as religion and gender, the psychology of religion, and pilgrimage.
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Anthropology News

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Anthropological linguistics

Page: N.A

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The Elephant in the Room

Silence and Denial in Everyday Life

Author: Eviatar Zerubavel

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199884846

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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The fable of the Emperor's New Clothes is a classic example of a conspiracy of silence, a situation where everyone refuses to acknowledge an obvious truth. But the denial of social realities--whether incest, alcoholism, corruption, or even genocide-is no fairy tale. In The Elephant in the Room, Eviatar Zerubavel sheds new light on the social and political underpinnings of silence and denial-the keeping of "open secrets." The author shows that conspiracies of silence exist at every level of society, ranging from small groups to large corporations, from personal friendships to politics. Zerubavel shows how such conspiracies evolve, illuminating the social pressures that cause people to deny what is right before their eyes. We see how each conspirator's denial is symbiotically complemented by the others', and we learn that silence is usually more intense when there are more people conspiring-and especially when there are significant power differences among them. He concludes by showing that the longer we ignore "elephants," the larger they loom in our minds, as each avoidance triggers an even greater spiral of denial. Drawing on examples from newspapers and comedy shows to novels, children's stories, and film, the book travels back and forth across different levels of social life, and from everyday moments to large-scale historical events. At its core, The Elephant in the Room helps us understand why we ignore truths that are known to all of us.
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Courses of Study

Author: Cornell University

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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Medieval Folklore

A Guide to Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs

Author: Carl Lindahl,John McNamara,John Lindow

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 470

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[Flaps:] Over a decade in the making, Medieval Folklore offers a wide-ranging guide to the lore of the Middle Ages--from the mundane to the supernatural. Definitive and lively articles focus on the great tales and traditions of the age and includes information on daily and nightly customs and activities; religious beliefs of the pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jew; key works of oral and written literature; traditional music and art; holidays and feasts; food and drink; and plants and animals, both real and fantastical. While most books on medieval folklore focus primarily on the West, this unique volume brings together an eclectic range of experts to treat the subject from a global perspective. Especially remarkable are the surveys of the major medieval traditions including Arab-Islamic, Baltic, English, Finno-Ugric, French, Hispanic, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Scandinavian, Scottish, Slavic, and Welsh. For anyone who has ever wanted a path through the tangle of Arthurian legends, or the real lowdown on St. Patrick, or the last word on wolf lore--this is the place to look. [Back:] A venerable assemblage of scholars illuminates the folklore of the medieval world and the generations that invented and sustained it. The contributors: Ulrich Marzolph -- Arab-Islamic Thomas A. DuBois -- Baltic John McNamara & Carl Lindahl -- English Thomas A. DuBois -- Finno-Ugric Francesca Canadé Sautman -- French Samuel G. Armistead -- Hispanic Éva Pócs -- Hungarian Joseph Falaky Nagy -- Irish Giuseppe C. Di Scipio -- Italian Eli Yassif -- Jewish Stephen A. Mitchell -- Scandinavian John McNamara -- Scottish Eve Levin -- Slavic Elissa R. Henken & Brynley F. Roberts -- Welsh
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