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Engaging the Spirit World: Popular Beliefs and Practices in Modern Southeast Asia - Asian Anthropologies 5 (Hardback)
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Engaging the Spirit World: Popular Beliefs and Practices in Modern Southeast Asia - Asian Anthropologies 5 (Hardback)

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Hardback 238 Pages / Published: 18/04/2012
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"The world today is as furiously religious as it ever was."This quote from Peter Berger now appears to be undisputed in the contemporary social and cultural sciences. A look around the globe reveals that modernization does not necessarily lead to a decline of religion, neither in society nor in the minds of individuals. Moreover, the multifaceted and divergent responses to modernization processes have significantly contributed to a critical reflection on the notion of a singular modernity, and as a result it has been suggested to speak of multiple, vernacular, alternative, or "other" modernities. Southeast Asia in particular presents a rich field of inquiry into the dynamics of these "modernities" that have produced and shaped a wide variety of religious phenomena. With case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam, these contributions reveal contemporary religious practices in Southeast Asia as thoroughly modern manifestations of uncertainties, moral disquiet and unequal rewards in the contemporary moment.

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857453587
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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"This rich, articulate volume builds on and extends earlier explorations of the intricate connections between popular religious practices and modernity in the region. It offers fascinating insights into the diverse and endlessly creative transformations of Southeast Asian spirit worlds in the late 1990s and 2000s - a period of capitalist growth and widening affluence but also great social, political, and economic instability." - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

..".a great volume that represents a remarkable contribution to the anthropological debate on 'popular religion' in contemporary Southeast Asia." - Anthropos

..".the editors have carefully selected papers that not only present engrossing ethnographic reports but also show theoretical sophistication. We are treated to explorations of theoretical issues spanning from materiality and ontology to an anthropological critique of modernity and rationality...Overall, this volume as a whole has presented a highly spirited argument against the modernity-secularization thesis. Insights have been provided to under-explored issues in anthropological studies...This has been an enlightening read." - Asian Anthropologist

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