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Religion and Society

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

 

II. ARTICLES

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

 

V. NEWS

 

VI. REVIEWS

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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