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By Andrew Buckser, Stephen D. Glazier

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ISBN-13: 9780742517776

The Anthropology of non secular Conversion paints an image of conversion way more complicated than its standard photo in anthropology and spiritual reviews. Conversion is particularly seldom easily a surprising second of perception or suggestion; it's a switch either one of person recognition and of social belonging, of psychological perspective and of actual adventure, whose unfolding relies either on its cultural environment and at the targeted people who endure it. The booklet explores spiritual conversion in numerous cultural settings and considers how anthropological ways can assist us comprehend the phenomenon. Fourteen case reports span historic and geographical contexts, together with the modern usa, smooth and medieval Europe, and non-western societies in South Asia, Melanesia, and South the USA. They speak about conversion to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Spiritualism. Combining ethnographic description with theoretical research, authors think about the character and that means of conversion, its social and political dimensions, and its courting to person non secular event.

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They are also rituals that require an object toward which to reach, even if such an object is imagined. It might, therefore, seem that I am agreeing with Horton that conversion can involve-indeed, can depend upon-a widening of social and intellectual horizons. As I have argued elsewhere (2000a), Word of 24 Simon Coleman Life strategies do provide conservative Protestant appropriations of increasingly global imagery. However, my key point is that Word of Lifers are reaching out into a world that they construct as far as possible, imaginatively and ritualistically, to conform with already established charismatic expectations.

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