Fall 2008 not offered
This course will introduce students to a cross-cultural, comparative perspective on religious practice and belief. The course will examine a number of religious traditions and anthropological debates while posing an underlying conceptual question: How have anthropologists used the concept of religion to explain--or perhaps, to explain away---seemingly radical forms of cultural difference? How, in other words, have the wildly diverse practices and beliefs of communities throughout the world been subsumed within the category of religion? What is gained and lost in this act of comparison and generalization?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
P.Stoller, FUSION OF THE WORLDS
B. Meyerhoff, NUMBER OUR DAYS
D. Chidester, SAVAGE SYSTEMS
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will write papers on the course readings, and a final research paper based on ethnographic fieldwork.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" requirement for the Religion Department major.