The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is the first instalment of The SAGE Handbook of the Social Sciences series and encompasses major specialities as well as key interdisciplinary themes relevant to the field. Globally, societies are facing major upheaval and change, and the social sciences are fundamental to the analysis of these issues, as well as the development of strategies for addressing them. This handbook provides a rich overview of the discipline and has a future focus whilst using international theories and examples throughout. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is an essential resource for social scientists globally and contains a rich body of chapters on all major topics relevant to the field, whilst also presenting a possible road map for the future of the field. Part 1: Foundations; Part 2: Focal Areas; Part 3: Urgent Issues; and Part 4: Short Essays: Contemporary Critical Dynamics.

Anthropologies of Religion

Anthropologies of religion
Kari Telle


The anthropology of religion is a vast and vibrant subject area. The comparative study of religion was pivotal as the discipline developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Religion has long served as the rubric for dealing with weighty issues – such as the foundation of social order, questions of reason and rationality, relativism versus universalism, and the existential dimensions of human world-making. This is no less true today. Despite anthropological unease with the concept of religion, we commonly look to religion for insights into the ‘ethics and aesthetics of self-fashioning’ (George, 2010: xi). Yet one of the major insights of late 20th-century anthropology has been to show that the Abrahamic traditions ...

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