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The limits of meaning: case studies in the anthropology of Christianity

Engelke, Matthew and Tomlinson, Matt, eds. (2006) The limits of meaning: case studies in the anthropology of Christianity. Berghahn Books, New York. ISBN 1845451708

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Too often, anthropological accounts of ritual leave readers with the impression that everything goes smoothly, that rituals are "meaningful events." But what happens when rituals fail, or when they seem "meaningless"? Drawing on research in the anthropology of Christianity from around the globe, the authors in this volume suggest that in order to analyze meaning productively, we need to consider its limits. This collection is a welcome new addition to the anthropology of religion, offering fresh debates on a classic topic and drawing attention to meaning in a way that other volumes have for key terms like "culture" and "fieldwork.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Berghahn Books
Divisions: LSE Human Rights
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008 13:45
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:09

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