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Religion and Society

Advances in Research

Aims & Scope

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Religion and Society: Advances in Research responds to the need for a rigorous, in-depth review of current work in the expanding sub-discipline of the anthropology of religion. In addition, this important, peer-reviewed annual aims to provide a dynamic snapshot of developments in the study of religion as a whole and encourages interdisciplinary perspectives.

Each volume contains a Portrait section that profiles a senior scholar of religion, with invited essays on the scholar's work by authorities in their respective subfields. In the Articles section, contributions provide overviews of a given topic with critical, "positioned" views of the subject and of relevant research. In the Debate section, scholars of religion reflect on a high-profile issue or event, and the Author Meets Critics section invites discussants to comment on a recently published volume, followed by a response from the author. Other sections cover teaching, news, and—vitally—reviews of new books and ethnographic films.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion, Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion

Current Issue

Volume 8, 2017

Sondra L. Hausner, Simon Coleman, and Ruy Llera Blanes


Studying Religious Pluralism in Yorubaland: A Tribue to J. D. Y. Peel
Marloes Janson

Narrating History and Anthropology: J. D. Y. Peel's 'the Past in the Present'
David Pratten

Days of Small, and Great, Things: In Homage to J. D. Y. Peel
Ruth Marshall

Adieu, John!
Stephan Palmié

J. D. Y. Peel's Round Table
Amanda Villepastour

The Iconoclastic Impulse in Yoruba Culture
J. D. Y. Peel (edited by Richard Fardon and Ramon Sarró)


Eschatology, Ethics, and Ethnos: Ressentiment and Christian Nationalism in the Anthropology of Christianity
Jon Bialecki

The Chaco Skies: A Socio-cultural History of Power Relations
Alejandro Martín López and Agustina Altman

The Religious Foundations of Capoeira Angola: The Cosmopolitics of an Apparently Non-religious Practice
Sergio González Varela

Money, Religion, and Symbolic Exchange in Winter Sleep
Roland Hardenberg


Introduction: Legacies, Trajectories, and Collective Research Agendas
Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

Ritual Tattooing and the Creation of New Buddhist Identities: An Inquiry into the Initiation Process in a Burmese Organization of Exorcists
Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière

The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship: Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet
Jane Caple

Belonging in a New Myanmar: Identity, Law, and Gender in the Anthropology of Contemporary Buddhism
Juliane Schober

The White Cotton Robe: Charisma and Clothes in Tibetan Buddhism Today
Magdalena Maria Turek

Rethinking Anthropological Models of Spirit Possession and Theravada Buddhism
Erick White

Afterword: So What Is the Anthropology of Buddhism About?
David N. Gellner


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