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  • Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Traditionby Tracy Pintchman

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 19.99

    In this book, Tracy Pintchman has assembled ten leading scholars of Hinduism to explore the complex relationship between Hindu women's rituals and their lives beyond ritual. The book focuses particularly on the relationship of women's ritual practices to domesticity, exposing and exploring the nuances, complexities, and limits of this relationship.... more...

  • Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americasby Henry Goldschmidt; Elizabeth McAlister

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 37.99

    This collection of all new essays will explore the complex and unstable articulations of race and religion that have helped to produce "Black," "White," "Creole," "Indian," "Asian," and other racialized identities and communities in the Americas. Drawing on original research in a range of disciplines, the authors will investigate: 1) how the intertwined... more...

  • The Invention of Satanismby Asbjorn Dyrendal; James R. Lewis; Jesper Aa. Petersen

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 23.99

    Written by three experts in the field, The Invention of Satanism examines contemporary religious Satanism as the product of historical, ideological, and social processes. more...

  • Narratives of Sorrow and Dignityby Bardwell L. Smith

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 35.99

    Bardwell L. Smith offers a fresh perspective on mizuko kuy? , the Japanese ceremony performed to bring solace to those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion. more...

  • Everyday Religionby Nancy T. Ammerman

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 19.99

    Social scientists sometimes seem not to know what to do with religion. In the first century of sociology's history as a discipline, the reigning concern was explaining the emergence of the modern world, and that brought with it an expectation that religion would simply fade from the scene as societies became diverse, complex, and enlightened. As the... more...

  • The Elusive Dreamby Korie L. Edwards

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 22.99

    Edwards presents the surprising results of an in-depth study of interracial churches: they help perpetuate the very racial inequality they aim to abolish. To arrive at this conclusion, she combines a nuanced analysis of national survey data with an in-depth examination of one particular church. She shows that mixed-race churches adhere strongly to... more...

  • Violence and New Religious Movementsby James R. Lewis

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 26.99

    Violence involving alternative religions has long been a topic of intense public interest. This volume examines the famous incidents of murder and suicide concerning Jonestown, Heaven's Gate, AUM Shinrikyo, the Branch Davidians, and the Solar Temple, and other, less prominent new religions. This collection of essays represents the culmination of decades... more...

  • Teaching New Religious Movementsby David G. Bromley

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 33.99

    Since its inception around 1970, the study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) has gradually evolved into an established multidisciplinary area of study. At the same time, both the movements and the scholars who study them have been the subjects of intense controversy. In this volume, a group of senior NRM scholars who have been instrumental in the development... more...

  • Devoted to Deathby R. Andrew Chesnut

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 16.99

    R. Andrew Chesnut offers a fascinating portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted millions of devotees in the past eight years. As a personification of death, the Grim Reapress has become one of the most popular and powerful saints on both the Mexican and American religious landscapes. Although condemned as satanic by both... more...

  • The New Heretics of Franceby Susan Palmer

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 87.99

    Since the Age of Enlightenment, France has upheld clear constitutional guidelines that protect human rights and religious freedom. Today, however, intolerant attitudes and discriminatory practices towards unconventional faiths have become acceptable and even institutionalized in public life. Susan Palmer offers an insightful examination of France's... more...