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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

Forthcoming Issue

Volume 9, 2018

Introduction: Performing Religion
Sondra Hausner, Simon Coleman, Ruy Blanes

Portrait: Eileen Barker

The Best Article I Ever Read
Linda Woodhead

Eileen Barker: Dear Friend and Colleague
James Richardson

Eileen Barker: An Appreciation
Martyn Percy

Eileen Barker, Friend and Mentor
Catherine Wessinger

Reflections on the Trajectory of My Work
Eileen Barker


Religious Tourism: Analytical Routes through Multiple Meanings
Emerson Giumbelli

Interaction Rituals and Religious Culture in the Tea Party
Stacy M. K. George

Kosher Biotech: Between Religion, Regulation and Globalization
Johan Fischer

The Uncanniness of Missionary Others: A Discursive Analysis of a Century of Anthropological Writings on Missionary Ethnographers
Travis Cooper

Secular Routes and Theological Drifts
Khaled Furani

Special Section: Ritual and Reflexivity: Negotiating Accidents, Assessing Performances

Introduction: Doing Ritual While Thinking About it?
Emma Gobin

Ritual Reflexivity of the Alevi Cem Ritual in Istanbul
Jens Kreinath and Refika Sariönder

The Agony of the Sacrificed Chicken: A Trigger for Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action (Kabyeland, Togo)
Marie Daugey

Assessing and Adapting Rituals that Reproduce a Collectivity: The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists (Northeast Tibet)
Nicolas Sihlé

Understanding What “Spiritual Entities” Do and Say? The Practice of “Sharing” in a New Age Variant of Brazilian Umbanda
Viola Teisenhoffer

Author Meets Critics: Joan Wallach Scott’s Sex and Secularism

Comments by Kim Knibbe, Brenda Bartelink, Jell Wiering, Karin Neutel, Marian Burchardt.
Response to Comments by Joan Wallach Scott

Book Reviews

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