In this Book

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In this volume, leading scholars in anthropology, religion, and area studies engage global and local perspectives dialectically to develop a historically grounded, ethnographically driven social science.The book's chapters, drawing on research in East and Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, are also in conversation with the extensive work of editor and contributor Stanley J. Tambiah: They all investigate some aspect of what Tambiah has called "multiple orientations to the world." The implicit focus throughout is on human cultural differences and the historically constituted nature of the political potentialities (both positive and negative) that stem from these. As a whole, then, the volume promotes an approach to scholarship that actively avoids privileging any one conceptual framework or cultural form at the expense of recognizing another-a style of inquiry that the editors call "radical egalitarianism."Together, these scholars encourage a comparative examination of contemporary societies, provide insights into the historical development of social scientific and sociopolitical categories, and raise vital questions about the possibilities for achieving equality and justice in the presence of competing realities in the global world today. Michael M.J. Fischer's Afterword provides a brilliant exegesis of Tambiah's multifaceted oeuvre, outlining the primary themes that inform his scholarship and, by extension, all the chapters in this book.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: EngagingRadical Egalitarianism
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I Religion, Trade, and Transnational Networks via Thailand
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. The Charisma of Saints and the Cultof Relics, Amulets, and Tomb Shrines
  2. pp. 15-50
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  1. Understanding Social Totalities:Stanley Tambiah’s Early Contributionto Sociology of Thai Buddhism
  2. pp. 51-67
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  1. Transnational Buddhism andthe Transformations of LocalPower in Thailand
  2. pp. 68-79
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  1. A Muslim King and His BuddhistSubjects: Religion, Power, and Identityat the Periphery of the Thai State
  2. pp. 80-88
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  1. Part II Cosmologies, Ideologies, and Localities
  2. pp. 89-90
  1. Economies of Ghosts, Gods, and Goods:The History and Anthropologyof Chinese Temple Networks
  2. pp. 91-100
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  1. Trade, Religion, and Civic Relationsin the Manangi Long-DistanceTrade Community
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. Cosmologies of Welfare:Two Conceptions of Social Assistancein Contemporary South Africa
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. “A Recurrence of Structures”in Collapsing Nigeria
  2. pp. 119-136
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  1. People and Ideas Travel Together: Tambiah’s Approach to Ritual and Cosmology in Brazil
  2. pp. 137-145
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  1. Paradoxes of Order in ThaiCommunity Politics
  2. pp. 146-158
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  1. Part III Violence, Political Conflict, and Humanitarian Intervention
  2. pp. 159-160
  1. Structural Work: How Microhistories Become Macrohistories and Vice Versa
  2. pp. 161-190
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  1. Perspectives on the Politics ofPeace in Aceh, Indonesia
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. A Tale of Two Affects: Humanitarianism and Professionalism in Red Cross Aid Work
  2. pp. 209-219
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  1. At the Base of Local and Transnational Conflicts: The Political Uses of Inferiorization
  2. pp. 220-232
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-288
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-326
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 327-330
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823246199
Related ISBN
9780823241897
MARC Record
OCLC
867738144
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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