Religions In Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion (3rd Edition)

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Examines religious practices from an anthropological perspective

Religions in Practice, 6/e, offers an issues-oriented perspective on everyday religious behaviors – prayer, sacrifice, initiation, healing, etc. – by focusing on such topics as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws. The text examines a full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to major, established religions. The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is particularly noteworthy and easily supplemented with field projects directly related to the text.

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This widely used textbook offers a unique perspective on how people engage in everyday religious practices, such as prayer, sacrifice, pilgrimage, and dress, as well as investigates major issues of gender, nation-states, and laws with respect to religion.

Highlights of the Third Edition

  • Chapter 1, Studying Religion through Practice brings the entire volume up to date by relating the approach taken in the text to post-9/11 concerns.
  • A new Chapter 2, Social Theory in the Anthropology of Religion, considers the role of social theory in shaping the study of religion through an examination of the contemporary importance of work by Tylor, Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Freud, and more recent theorists.
  • Chapters 3 and 4 from the Second Edition have been combined into a single chapter Chapter 4, Rituals and the Shaping of Emotions.
  • Chapter 6, Patterns, Powers, and the Self includes new sections on sports magic and new religions in the United States including Wicca or modern witchcraft.
  • An entirely new Chapter 14, Religion, Violence, and War, examines the role that religious beliefs and organizations play in promoting violence and war.

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About the Author:

John R. Bowen is a Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches Sociocultural Anthropology. His research currently focuses on comparative social studies of Islam across the world, and his ethnographic studies take place in Indonesia, France, and England.

 

Dr. Bowen works with colleagues in several other departments as director of the Pluralism, Politics, and Religion Initiative, which holds regular workshops on questions of religious and political pluralism, and has created a collaborative graduate training program with partner universities in Europe—as of 2009, in Paris, Utrecht, and Göttingen.

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