The Pursuit of Certainty: Religious and Cultural Formulations

Framsida
Wendy James
Psychology Press, 1995 - 316 sidor
The peoples of the world are now facing economic integration and social interaction on a wider scale than ever before. But has this produced a greater sense of common reason, or shared world citizenship? Contemporary global communication, itself celebrating diversity, has paradoxically stimulated local commitments to exclusive ethnic, cultural and religious identity. The chapters in this book explore the ways in which anthropology can throw light on these diverging new 'certainties', often possessive of place, bodily substance or cultural heritage and often claiming divine justification.
 

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Notes on contributors
1
Displacement and the search for redefinition
15
History and the discourse of underdevelopment among
45
Emerging world forms
59
the encounter of global fundamentalism
92
the dakwah persona in Malaysia
112
reflections on
134
making a place out
161
Vernacular contexts of public reason and critique
193
knowledge and symbolic power
234
and other consuming parables from
258
a professional dilemma?
283
Name index
309
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