The Anthropology of Protestantism: Faith and Crisis Among Scottish Fishermen

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 19, 2013 - Religion - 268 pages
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Narrowing in from the broader context of the north Atlantic, through northern Europe, to Britain, northeast Scotland, and finally the fishing village of Gamrie, this anthropology of Protestantism examines millennialist faith and economic crisis. Through his ethnographic study of the fishermen and their religious beliefs, Webster speaks to larger debates about religious radicalism, materiality, economy, language, and the symbolic. These debates (occurring within the ostensibly secular context of contemporary Scotland) also call into question assumptions about the decline of religion in modern industrial societies. By chronicling how these individuals experience life as "enchanted," this book explores the global processes of religious conversion, economic crisis, and political struggle.

  

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Contents

Introduction Gamrie Words Signs
1
Part I Gamrie
29
Part II Words
73
Part III Signs
153
Notes
223
Bibliography
227
Index
237
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About the author (2013)

Joseph Webster is Isaac Newton-Graham Robertson Research Fellow in Social Anthropology and Sociology at Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK.

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