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The Anthropology of Religion in A Globalizing World

By Ida Fadzillah Leggett

© 2018 – Routledge

320 pages

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Paperback: 9781138825024
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Anthropology of Religion in a Globalizing World focuses on religions and belief systems in a global, multi-cultural, popular, and constantly transforming world. Today’s cultural groups exist across national borders and ethnic boundaries, and their religious ideologies rapidly adapt and follow suit. This book uses the lenses of gender, race, class, health and illness, the environment, and cyber space to present the concepts and interpretations of world religions and belief systems as modern, fluid, complex, and constantly changing, rather than static or outdated.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction

Part ONE A History of the "Supernatural" and the Anthropology of Religion

Ch. 2 "Here There be Dragons": "Scientific" Interpretations of the Pre-colonial World

Ch. 3 Colonial Encounters

Ch. 4 Dominant Concepts in the Anthropology of Religion Today

Ch. 5 Methods and Ethics: How to Study Religion

Part TWO Religious Constructions of the Body

Ch. 6 Health and Illness

Ch. 7 Emotions and Morality

Ch. 8 Gender and Sexuality

Ch. 9 Religion and Structures of Inequality

Ch. 10 Charisma: The Power of the Individual

Part THREE Conceptions of the Sacred in Space and PlaceCh. 11 Cosmologies on Earth: Religion and the Environment

Ch. 12 Belief Systems In Times of Crisis

Ch. 13 Religions and Nationalism: Changing Borders, Changing Identities

Part FOUR Religious Beliefs and the Supernatural Today

Ch. 14 "Youthscapes": Transmitting Religion to the Next Generation

Ch. 15 The Media, The Internet, and Changing Flows of Ideologies

Ch. 16 Science Fiction, Speculated Fiction, and the Supernatural

About the Author

Ida Fadzillah Leggett is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She received her PhD in 2003 from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her MA in Anthropology with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies from Northern Illinois University. Originally from Malaysia, her research focuses on the effects of globalization and transnationalism on Southeast Asian youth’s-- especially girls’—experience and interpretation of their world. Current courses she teaches includes "Cultural Anthropology"; "The Anthropology of Religion"; and "Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion".

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General