On the Margins of Religion

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Frances Pine, Joćo de Pina-Cabral
Berghahn Books, Mar 30, 2008 - Religion - 296 pages
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Focusing on places, objects, bodies, narratives and ritual spaces where religion may be found or inscribed, the authors reveal the role of religion in contesting rights to places, to knowledge and to property, as well as access to resources. Through analyses of specific historical processes in terms of responses to socio-economic and political change, the chapters consider implicitly or explicitly the problematic relation between science (including social sciences and anthropology in particular) and religion, and how this connects to the new religious globalisation of the twenty-first century. Their ethnographies highlight the embodiment of religion and its location in landscapes, built spaces and religious sites which may be contested, physically or ideologically, or encased in memory and often in silence. Taken together, they show the importance of religion as a resource to the believers: a source of solace, spiritual comfort and self-willed submission.


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an introduction
Part IAnthropology and religion
Ch 2Homeless spirits
Ch 3The abominations of anthropology
Part IISpace and religious marginality
Ch 4Religious logistics
Ch 5Contested spaces
Ch 6Bosnian neighbourhoods revisited
Part IVReligious options and identitary claims
Ch 9Alliens and subordinates
Ch 10On celibate marriages
Part Vmodernity and the transmission of religion
Ch 11Elders cathedrals and childrens marbles
Ch 12Geomancy politics and colonial encounters in Rural Hong Kong
Ch 13The sacrifices of modernity in a Sovietbuilt steel town in central India
Notes on Contributors

Part IIIPower and relative centrality
Ch 7Revival of Buddhist royal family commemorative ritual in Laos
Ch 8Centres and margins

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About the author (2008)

Frances Pine was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, and a Professor at the Institute of Gender Research at the University of Bergen and is now at Goldsmiths University of London. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Poland over the past 25 years. She is the co-editor of Surviving Post Socialism (Routledge 1998) and Memory, Politics and Religion: the Past Meets the Present in Europe (LIT 2004), and author of numerous articles on kinship, economy and gender, eastern Europe, history, place and memory.

Joćo de Pina-Cabral is Research Coordinator at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, where he has been the President of the Scientific Board for the past six years. He has carried out fieldwork and published extensively on Northwestern Portugal, Macau (south China) and Mozambique. His books in English include Sons of Adam, Daughters of Eve (Clarendon Press, Oxford), Between China and Europe (Continuum Books, LSE Monographs, London) and various co-edited volumes (JASO, Macmillan and Berg). He is presently the President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

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