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  • Ritual Textualityby Matt Tomlinson

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 35.99 US$ 32.39

    How do rituals achieve their effects? Matt Tomlinson approaches this classic question from a new angle, arguing that participants condition their own expectations of ritual success by interactively creating distinct textual patterns. He presents vivid examples from Fiji, ranging from a Pentecostal "crusade" to missionary reports of "happy deaths." more...

  • Christian Politics in Oceaniaby Matt Tomlinson; Debra McDougall

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 120.00

    The phrase "Christian politics" evokes two meanings: political relations between denominations in one direction, and the contributions of Christian churches to debates about the governing of society. The contributors to this volume address Christian politics in both senses and argue that Christianity is always and inevitably political in the Pacific... more...

  • The Limits of Meaningby Matthew Engelke; Matt Tomlinson

    Berghahn Books 2006; US$ 34.95

    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... more...

  • Flows of Faithby Lenore Manderson; Wendy Smith; Matt Tomlinson

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 127.87

    This book examines religion as a key driver of cultural flows. It illustrates that religion and religious organization is a political and cultural force in a contemporary globalized world. more...

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