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The Pursuit of Certainty : Religious and Cultural Formulations - Wendy James

The Pursuit of Certainty

Religious and Cultural Formulations

By: Wendy James (Editor)

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Published: 3rd August 1995
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The peoples of the world are now facing movement, mixing and displacement on a larger scale than ever before. We are witness to the rise of new forms of ethnic, cultural and religious identity. Those based in the highly developed countries can extend global influence through wealth and sophisticated technology. Anthropology has inherited a tradition of tolerance and cross-cultural understanding: what light can it throw on the new pursuit of truth?
With contributions from leading anthropologists from Germany, the US, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Britain, "The Pursuit of Certainty" presents a dozen original case studies which explore this theme.
This book demonstrates anthropology's relevance to the contemporary world and its turbulence providing a critical perspective on the new religious movements and current popular orthodoxies about society and culture. Complementing the text-led approaches of history or theology, each chapter offers insights from patient investigative fieldwork, illustrating the way the new ideologies interact with each other and with older ideas in the actual practices of communities.
Apart from anthropologists, this volume will attract special attention from students of comparative religion, as well as from ethnic studies.

..."the quality of the individual contributions is uniformly high." -Religious Studies Review

Prefacep. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Displacement and the Search for Redefinitionp. 15
Managing Traditionp. 17
History and the Discourse of Underdevelopment Among the Alur of Ugandap. 45
Emerging World Formsp. 59
Race, Culture And-What?p. 61
Certain Knowledgep. 92
Inventing Certaintiesp. 112
Powerful Knowledge in a Global Sufi Cultp. 134
Topophilia, Zionism and 'Certainty'p. 161
Vernacular Contexts of Public Reason and Critiquep. 193
The Politics of Tolerancep. 195
Changing Certainties and the Move to a 'Global' Religionp. 215
Bourdieu and the Divinerp. 234
Choking on the Quranp. 258
Epilogue: a Professional Dilemma?p. 283
Cultural Certainties and Private Doubtsp. 285
Name Indexp. 309
Subject Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780415107907
ISBN-10: 0415107903
Series: ASA Decennial Conference Series: The Uses of Knowledge
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 3rd August 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1