Title: Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Book Condition: New
Drawing on recent ethnographic research in Southeast Asia, the contributors to this wide-ranging volume demonstrate how religious concepts contribute to meeting the challenges of modernity. Religion and modernity, they argue, need not be perceived as mutually contradictory; rather, we should revise our Western notion of religion in order to grasp t Series: Global Asia. Num Pages: 225 pages. BIC Classification: 1FM; HR; JHM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 242 x 163 x 29. Weight in Grams: 540. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9789089644244
Synopsis: Starting from the premise that modernity has cast a spell over people around the world, this collection explores the use of magic and religion as modern tools for connection. The contributors draw on new ethnographic research in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia to show that residents of these countries no longer see religion and modernity as contradictory. Rather, religious ideas and magic practices help people across the region to meet the challenges of modern life. Revising our understanding of religion in Southeast Asia, this collection sheds new light on the multiple modernities that characterize our globalized world.
About the Author: Volker Gottowik is associate professor and member of the area studies network Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
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