Dumont on Religion: Difference, Comparison, Transgression

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Unlike the recent volumes published on Dumont's work aimed at social anthropologists, this volume identifies kernel ideas of particular interest for the study of religion. Thus, while acknowledging Dumont's technical contribution to kinship studies or his part in the debates over the intricacies of structural theory or his apparent attempts to link idealism and empiricism, this volume focuses on subjects of particular interest to students and scholars of religion: concepts such as sacred and profane, pure and impure, transcendence, values, ideology, hierarchy, and cross cultural comparison. Attention is also paid to the ethical implications of Dumont's ideas, especially his preference for hierarchy in social arrangements.

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Contents

What Can we Learn from Louis Dumont?
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Our Individualism and Its Religious Origins
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Dumonts Morality and Social
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Ivan Strenski is Professor and Holstein Endowed Chairholder in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

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