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Psychology of Religion

  • Constructions of Self and Other in Yoga, Travel, and Tourismby Lori G. Beaman; Sonia Sikka

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 54.99

    This volume considers the phenomenon of yoga travel as an instance of a broader genre of ?spiritual travel? involving journeys to places ?elsewhere?, which are imagined to offer the possibility of profound personal transformation. These imaginings are tied up in a continued exoticization of the East, but they are not limited to that. Contributors identify... more...

  • The Genocide Contagionby Israel W. Charny

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 37.99

    In The Genocide Contagion , esteemed scholar of genocide Israel W. Charny asks uncomfortable questions about what allows people to participate in genocide?either directly or indirectly. Charny draws on both historical and current examples to press readers to consider how they may contribute to genocide in other countries. more...

  • Coming of Age in Jewish Americaby Patricia Keer Munro

    Rutgers University Press 2016; US$ 27.95

    The Jewish practice of bar mitzvah dates back to the twelfth century. Yet, as this new study reveals, the ritual has changed dramatically over time and now serves as a sometimes shaky bridge between the values of contemporary American culture and Judaic tradition. Interviewing over 200 individuals involved in bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies, from family... more...

  • Feminism and Religion: How Faiths View Women and Their Rightsby Michele Paludi; J. Harold Ellens

    ABC-CLIO 2016; US$ 73.00

    At a conference in 2013, Gloria Steinem noted that religion is the "biggest problem" facing feminism today. In this insightful volume, a team of researchers, psychologists, and religious leaders led by editors Michele A. Paludi and J. Harold Ellens supply their expertise and informed opinions to examine the problems, spur understanding, and pose solutions... more...

  • Psyche, Culture and the New Scienceby E. W. F. Tomlin

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Originally published in 1985, this distinguished and constructive critique of modern culture introduced into our language a brand-new term, ?PN?, standing for ?psychic nutrition?, which at the time promised to become a household expression. Drawing on his first-hand knowledge of oriental civilizations; on discoveries of Jung, especially his concept... more...

  • Resounding Transcendenceby Jeffers Engelhardt; Philip Bohlman

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 23.99 US$ 20.63

    Resounding Transcendence is a pathbreaking volume exploring how sacred music effects religious and social transitions. It covers Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist practices in Asia, North America, Africa, and Europe. Rich in ethnographic and historical detail and theoretically ambitious, Resounding Transcendence is essential to the study... more...

  • African Personality and Spiritualityby Anthony Ephirim-Donkor

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 79.99

    This book is a revealing and insightful study about Gods and Goddesses (Abosom) as key to unlocking the mystery of the human being. Thus, this book will be of interest to Africanists, African Americanists, those interested in black spirituality and hermeneutics, cultural anthropologists, and scholars of religion and theology. more...

  • Religious Diversity Today: Experiencing Religion in the Contemporary World [3 volumes]by Jean-Guy Goulet; Liam Murphy; Anastasia Panagakos

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 194.00

    Why is human suffering and the existence of evil part of the human experience? How does religious doctrine establish one's identity? In what ways does religion interact with and shape the social order? This thought-provoking work ponders these questions and explores the concept of religion from various perspectives: as a tool for self and community-based... more...

  • Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexicoby Frank Graziano

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 34.99 US$ 30.09

    Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico offers an exploration of miracles, petitionary devotion, and ex votos, based on extensive fieldwork in Guanajuato, Jalisco, Quer?taro, San Luis Potos?, and Zacatecas. A sequel to Graziano's Culture of Devotion (2006), this study contributes to the fields of material religion and psychology of religion. more...

  • God Is Watching Youby Dominic Johnson

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 18.99 US$ 16.33

    Drawing on new research from anthropology, evolutionary biology, experimental psychology, and neuroscience, Dominic Johnson presents a new theory of supernatural punishment that offers fresh insight on the origins and evolution of not only religion, but human cooperation and society. He shows that belief in supernatural reward and punishment is no... more...