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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 7, 2016

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

I. PORTRAIT - Ann Grodzins Gold

At Home on the Margins
Ann Grodzins Gold

The Lives of Others, as a Preparation for Our Own
Bhrigupati Singh

The Ethnographer and the ‘Field’: Anthropology as Personal Engagement
Farhana Ibrahim

Prospecting in Rajasthan
Edward Simpson

The Ethnographic Voice of Ann Grodzins Gold
Kirin Narayan



Pentecostalism and Egalitarianism in Melanesia: A Reconsideration of the Pentecostal Gender Paradox
Annelin Eriksen

Religion through the Looking Glass: Fieldwork, Biography, and Authorship in Southwest China and Beyond
Katherine Swancutt

Jeanne Favret-Saada’s Minimal Ontology: Belief and Disbelief of Mystical Forces, Perilous Conditions and the Opacity of Being
Theodoros Kyriakides

Beyond Economy and Religion: Resources and Socio-Cosmic Fields in Odisha, India
Roland Hardenberg


III. AN AUTHOR MEETS HER CRITICS: Around Abby Day’s Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World

Edited by Christopher Cotter

Editorial Introduction
Christopher Cotter

Grace Davie, James A. Beckford, Saliha Chattoo, Mia Lövheim, Manuel A. Vásquez

Abby Day


IV. DEBATE: Religion and Iconoclasm

Idol-Breaking as Image-Making in the Islamic State
Barry Flood

Breaking and Talking. Some thoughts on Iconoclasm, from Antiquity to the Current Moment
Jas' Elsner





Al-Arian, Abdullah, Answering the Call
Steven Brooke

Amster, Ellen, Medicine and the Saints
Dafne Accoroni

Balzer, Mandelstam, Shamans, Spirituality and Cultural Revitalization
Olga Ulturgasheva

Beliso-De Jesús, Aisha, Electric Santería
Anastasios Panagiotopoulos

Bull, Michael and Jon P. Mitchell, Ritual, Performance and the Senses
Eugenia Roussou

Connor, Philip, Immigrant Faith
Francesco Vacchiano

Elshakry, Marwa, Reading Darwin in Arabic
Jeffrey Howison

Ezzy, Douglas, Sex, Death and Witchcraft
Susan Greenwood

Juncker, Christine, Afro-Cuban Religious Arts
Yvonne Daniel

King, Lindsey, Spiritual Currency in Northeast Brazil
Joana Bahia

Manigault-Bryan, LeRhonda, ing to the Dead
Gloria Goodwin Raheja

O’Neill, Kevin, Secure the Soul
Secure the Soul

Smith, James and Ngeti Nwadime, Email from Ngeti. An Ethnography of Sorcery, Redemption and Friendship in Global Africa
Katrien Pype

Van Wyk, Ilana, The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa
Linda van de Kamp

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