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978-0-7425-1777-6 • Hardback • August 2003 • $163.00 • (£127.00)
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Andrew Buckser is an assistant professor of anthropology at Purdue University. Stephen D. Glazier is a professor of anthropology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 In Memoriam: Morton Klass
Chapter 3 The Anthropology of Conversion: An Introduction
Chapter One: Conversion and Social Processes
Chapter 5 Continuous Conversion? The Rhetoric, Practice, and Rhetorical Practice of Charismatic Protestant Coversion
Chapter 6 Agency, Bureaucracy and Religious Conversion: Ethiopian Felashmura Immigrants to Israel
Chapter 7 Converted Innocents and their Trickster Heroes: The Politics of Proselytising in India
Chapter 8 Comparing Conversion among the Dani of Irian Jaya
Chapter 9 The Meanings of Conversion in Jewish Copenhagen
Chapter 10 Conversion and Marginality in Southern India
Chapter Two: Conceptualizing Conversion: Alternative Perspectives
Chapter 12 The Place of Evil in Aguaruna Evangelical Conversion Narratives
Chapter 13 Turning the Belly: Insights on Religious Conversion from New Guinea Gut Feelings
Chapter 14 Constraint and Freedom in Icelandic Conversions
Chapter 15 Mystical Experiences, American Culture, and Conversion to Christian Spiritualist Churches
Chapter Three: Conversion and Individual Experience
Chapter 17 Limin' wid Ja: Spiritual Baptists who become Rastafarians and then become Spiritual Baptists again
Chapter 18 Converting to what? Embodied Culture and Adoption of New Beliefs
Chapter 19 From Jehovah Witness to Benedictine Nun: Conversion, Enculturation, and Formation as an ongoing Process
Chapter 20 Converted Christians, Shamans, and the House of God: An Analysis of the Reasons for Conversion given by the Western Toba (Gran Chaco, Argentina)
Chapter 21 Afterword: Anthropology and the Study of Conversion
This is a most welcome book. In it anthropologists, Christian and non-Christian, do deep, sympathetic studies of religious conversion, both individual and corporate, to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Spiritism, and Rastafarianism. The do what anthropologists do best?give us thick descriptions of conversion from the perspectives of converts themselves. . . In these penetrating studies, the authors show us by way of ethnographic detail the complex intertwining of personal, social, cultural, and spiritualfactors that are involved...
A good cross-section of the new anthropological writings on religious change.....
A very interesting range of comparisons . . . . Succeeds admirably in its goal of offering nuanced ethnographies of conversion as a multileveled social process.....