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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 9, 2018

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

I. Portrait: Eileen Barker

The Best Article I Ever Read
Linda Woodhead

A Dear Friend and Colleague
James T. Richardson

In Appreciation
Martyn Percy

A Friend and Mentor
Catherine Wessinger

Reflections on the Trajectory of My Work
Eileen Barker

II. Articles

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 
Travis Warren Cooper

Secular Routes and Theological Drifts in Modern Anthropology
Khaled Furani

III. Special Section: Ritual and Critical Reflexivity: Negotiating Accidents, Assessing Performances

Edited by Emma Gobin

Introduction: Doing Ritual While Thinking about It?
Emma Gobin

The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken: Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo
Marie Daugey

Assessing Ritual Experience in Contemporary Spiritualities: The Practice of ‘Sharing’ in a New Age Variant of  Umbanda
Viola Teisenhoffer

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

Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity: The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet
Nicolas Sihlé

IV. An Author Meets Her Critics
Around Joan Wallach Scott’s Sex and Secularism

Kim Knibbe, Brenda Bartelink, Jell Wiering, Karin Neutel, Marian Burchardt

Response to Comments
Joan Wallach Scott

V. Book Reviews

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