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Advances in Research

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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 6, 2015

Introduction: The Borders of Religion
Ruy Llera Blanes, Simon Coleman, and Sondra L. Hausner

I. PORTRAIT - Ann Taves

From Weird Experiences to Revelatory Events
Ann Taves

From Building Blocks to Building Bridges
Richard Sosis

Reconsidering Everything: From Folk Categories to Existential Theory of Mind 
Thomas J. Coleman III and Ralph W. Hood Jr.

Between Ordinariness and Specialness
Gustavo Benavides



Other Times, Other Worlds: Archaeology, Ritual, and Religion
Marc Verhoeven

Cosmogony Today: Counter-Cosmogony, Perspectivism, and the Return of Anti-biblical Polemic
Michael W. Scott

The Anthropology of Secularity beyond Secularism
Ashley B. Lebner

Glossolalia and Linguistic Alterity: The Ontology of Ineffable Speech 
Evandro Bonfim


III. SPECIAL SECTION: Borderlands and Religion

Edited by Valentina Napolitano and Nurit Stadler

Introduction: Materialities, Histories, and the Spatialization of State Sovereignty 
Valentina Napolitano, Nimrod Luz, and Nurit Stadler 

Occupation, Religion, and the Voidable Politics of Empire at the US-Mexico Border 
Alejandro Lugo

Two Venerated Mothers Separated by a Wall: Iconic Spaces, Territoriality, and Borders in Israel-Palestine 
Nurit Stadler and Nimrod Luz

Saints and Virgins: Religious Pluralism in the City of Tijuana
Alberto Hernández and Amalia Campos-Delgado 

Remaking the Mosaic: Religious Leaders and Secular Borders in the Colonial Levant 
Alexander D.M. Henley


IV. DEBATE: In Response to Charlie

Not Afraid
Ghassan Hage

Citizenries and Scholarship
Jane Garnett and Sondra L. Hausner

The Universal and the Particular
Faisal Devji





ABRAMS, Andrea C., God and Blackness: Race, Gender, and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church 
Judith Casselberry

CHRISTENSEN, Jeanne, Rastafari Reasoning and the RastaWoman: Gender Constructions in the Shaping of Rastafari Livity 
Stephen D. Glazier

COX, James L., The Invention of God in Indigenous Societies 
Minna Opas

DAWSON, Andrew, Santo Daime: A New World Religion
Viola Teisenhoffer

DESCOLA, Philippe, Beyond Nature and Culture 
Anastasios Panagiotopoulos 

FLORES, Edward Orozco, God’s Gangs: Barrio Ministry, Masculinity, and Gang Recovery
Brendan Jamal Thornton

GESCHIERE, Peter, Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison 
Joseph Trapido

JOHNSON, Paul Christopher, ed., Spirited Things: The Work of “Possession” in Afro-Atlantic Religions 
Sergio González Varela

KLASSEN, Pamela E., Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity 
Bruno Reinhardt

KOHN, Eduardo, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human 
Cristóbal Bonelli 

LUHRMANN, T. M., When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
Bernardo E. Brown

RAMSEY, Kate, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti 
Grete Viddal

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