A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion
Presents a collection of original, ethnographically-informed essays exploring the wide variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary world
Explores a broad range of topics including the 'perspectivism' debate, the rise of religious nationalism, reflections on religion and new media, religion and politics, and ideas of self and gender in relation to religious belief
Includes examples drawn from different religious traditions and from several regions of the world
Features newly-commissioned articles reflecting the most up-to-date research and critical thinking in the field, written by an international team of leading scholars
Adds immeasurably to our understanding of the complex relationships between religion, culture, society, and the individual in today's world
Janice Boddy is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her books include Wombs and Alien Spirits: Women, Men and the Zar Cult in Northern Sudan (1989); Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl (1994); and Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan (2007).
Michael Lambek is Professor of Anthropology and Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His books include Human Spirits (1981, 2009); Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte: Local Discourses of Islam, Sorcery, and Spirit Possession (1993); The Weight of the Past (2002); and Ordinary Ethics (2010). He is also the editor of A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion
Notes on Contributors
Rita Astuti is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She has undertaken fieldwork among the Vezo of Madagascar. In her most recent work, she has investigated how Vezo children and adults categorize the social world into distinct kinds of people, and how they conceptualize death and the afterlife.
Ellen Badone is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. She works in Brittany and at Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, in southern France. Her publications include The Appointed Hour: Death, Worldview and Social Change in Brittany (1989), Religious Orthodoxy and Popular Faith in European Society (1990) and Intersecting Journeys: The Anthropology of Pilgrimage and Tourism (2004, co-edited with Sharon R. Roseman).
Maurice Bloch is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. His research has concerned Madagascar and a variety of theoretical issues in anthropology and cognitive science. His two most recent books are: Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge (2012) and Going in and Out of Each other's Bodies (2012).
Janice Boddy is Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto. Her books include Wombs and Alien Spirits: Women, Men and the Zar Cult in Northern Sudan (1989), Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl (1994), and Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan (2007). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto from 2006 to 2012.
Tom Boylston is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has conducted fieldwork on Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity in rural northern Ethiopia and in Addis Ababa.
Fenella Cannell is a Reader in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Her current interests include Mormonism and popular genealogy; in 2013 she began new research in England as a grantee of the SSRC programme, New Directions in the Study of Prayer. Her books include Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines (1999), The Anthropology of Christianity (edited, 2006), and Vital Relations: Modernity and the Persistent Life of Kinship (edited with Susan McKinnon, 2013).
Simon Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Chair at the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. Among his publications are Pilgrimage Past and Present: Sacred Travel and Sacred Space in the World Religions (with J. Elsner, 1995), Pilgrim Voices: Narrative and Authorship in Christian Pilgrimage (edited with J. Elsner, 2002), and Reframing Pilgrimage: Cultures in Motion (edited with J. Eade, 2004). He is coeditor and cofounder of the journal Religion and Society and cofounder of the Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage book series.
Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University, Her most recent books are Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (2007) and a coedited book, Philosophy and Anthropology: Affinities and Antagonisms (forthcoming). Das is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Scientists from the Developing World and is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Girish Daswani is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Toronto, with a special interest in the anthropologies of religion, Christianity, and ethics, as well as diaspora and transnationalism. His work focuses on religious change in Ghana, and he has conducted research with members of a Pentecostal church in