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Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

Drawing on my experience of a Muslim version of exorcism in urban Macedonia, this article continues a methodological discussion of the implications of being an atheist anthropologist when researching religion, a situation known as 'methodological atheism'. Methodological atheism is often linked to the problem of suspending one's intellectual disregard of people's religions as delusions. This article will argue instead that there are barriers to participation in religious rituals that are not covered by questions of disbelief. The notion of 'dispositional atheism' is discussed against the backdrop of the anxieties, uncertainties, and inhibitions experienced by an atheist anthropologist caught up in a moment of religious intensity.

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Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

In the introduction to this special issue, we set the agenda for researching the aspirations and practices of godless people who seek to thin out religion in their daily lives. We reflect on why processes of disengagement from religion have not been adequately researched in anthropology. Locating this issue's articles in the anthropological literature on doubt and atheism, we argue for the importance of a comparative investigation to analyze people's reluctance to pursue religion.

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Rebekka King, Jonathan Spencer, Liam D. Murphy, Frederick P. Lampe, Sherry Angela Smith, Michael Rowlands, Nanlai Cao, Julie Botticello, Joana Santos, Joël Noret, José Mapril, George St. Clair, Tom Boylston, Marie Brossier, Alexander Horstmann, Detelina Tocheva, Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, Michael W. Scott, Uday Chandra, Ana Stela de Almeida Cunha, Steven J. Sutcliffe, Jackie Feldman, Benedikte Moeller Kristensen and Alyssa Grossman

Books

BIELO, James S., Words Upon the Word: An Ethnography of Evangelical Group Bible Study

Rebekka King

BLACKBURN, Anne M., Locations of Buddhism: Colonialism and Modernity in Sri Lanka

Jonathan Spencer

BRUCE, Steve, Paisley: Religion and Politics in Northern Ireland

Liam D. Murphy

CSORDAS, Thomas J., ed., Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization

Frederick P. Lampe

HERMKENS, Anna-Karina, Willy JANSEN, and Catrien NOTERMANS, eds., Moved by Mary: The Power of Pilgrimage in the Modern World

Sherry Angela Smith

HODDER, Ian, ed., Religion in the Emergence of Civilization: Çatalhöyük as a Case Study

Michael Rowlands

HUANG, C. Julia, Charisma and Compassion: Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement

Nanlai Cao

HÜWELMEIER, Gertrud, and Kristine KRAUSE, eds., Traveling Spirits: Migrants, Markets and Mobilities

Julie Botticello

LA FONTAINE, Jean, ed., The Devil’s Children. From Spirit Possession to Witchcraft: New Allegations That Affect Children

Joana Santos

MARY, André, Visionnaires et prophètes de l’Afrique contemporaine

Joël Noret

MASQUELIER, Adeline, Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town

José Mapril

MAYBLIN, Maya, Gender, Catholicism, and Morality in Brazil: Virtuous Husbands, Powerful Wives

George St. Clair

McINTOSH, Janet, The Edge of Islam: Power, Personhood, and Ethnoreligious Boundaries on the Kenya Coast

Tom Boylston

OSELLA, Filippo, and Benjamin SOARES, eds., Islam, Politics, Anthropology

Marie Brossier

PEARSON, Thomas, Missions and Conversions: Creating the Montagnard-Dega Refugee Community

Alexander Horstmann

PELKMANS, Mathijs, ed., Conversion after Socialism: Disruptions, Modernisms and Technologies of Faith in the Former Soviet Union

Detelina Tocheva

ROZENBERG, Guillaume, Renunciation and Power: The Quest for Sainthood in Contemporary Burma

Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

RYLE, Jacqueline, My God, My Land: Interwoven Paths of Christianity and Tradition in Fiji

Michael W. Scott

SCOTT, James C., The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia

Uday Chandra

TISHKEN, Joel E., Toyin FALOLA, and Akintunde AKINYEMI, eds., Sàngó in Africa and the African Diaspora

Ana Stela de Almeida Cunha

TURNER, Bryan S., ed., The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion

Steven J. Sutcliffe

Films

HAKAK, Yohai, and Ron OFFER, dirs., Gevald/ Religion.com/The Midwife and the Rabbi’s Daughter

Jackie Feldman

MERLI, Laetitia, dir., Shaman Tour

Benedikte Moeller Kristensen

TRENCSENYI, Klara, and Vlad NAUMESCU, dirs., Bird’s Way

Alyssa Grossman

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Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, Joana Bahia, Luiz Costa, Jonathan Mair, Dolores P. Martinez, Stephan Feuchtwang, Irvine Richard, Stephen D. Glazier, Diana Espirito Santo, Simion Pop, William Dawley, Emily B. Baran, Richard Baxstrom, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Mette High, Amy Whitehead, Sindre Bangstad, Thomas G. Kirsch and Ruy Llera Blanes

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BUBANDT, Nils, and Martijn VAN BEEK, eds., Varieties of Secularism in Asia: Anthropological Explorations of Religion, Politics and the Spiritual

Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

CAPONE, Stefania, Searching for Africa in Brazil: Power and Tradition in Candomblé

Joana Bahia

COURSE, Magnus, Becoming Mapuche: Person and Ritual in Indigenous Chile

Luiz Costa

DAY, Abby, Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World

Jonathan Mair

ENDRES, Kirsten W., Performing the Divine: Mediums, Markets and Modernity in Urban Vietnam

Dolores P. Martinez

FJELSTAD, Karen, and Nguyen THI HIEN, Spirits without Borders: Vietnamese Spirit Mediums in a Transnational Age

Stephan Feuchtwang

GEERTZ, Armin W., and Jappe Sinding JENSEN, eds., Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture: Image and Word in the Mind of Narrative

Richard Irvine

GRIFFITH, Ezra E. H., Ye Shall Dream: Patriarch Granville Williams and the Barbados Spiritual Baptists

Stephen D. Glazier

HAYES, Kelly E., Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Diana Espirito Santo

KAPFERER, Bruce, Kari TELLE, and Annelin ERIKSEN, eds., Contemporary Religiosities: Emergent Socialities and the Post-Nation-State

Simion Pop

LINDHARDT, Martin, ed., Practicing the Faith: The Ritual Life of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians

William Dawley

LUEHRMANN, Sonja, Secularism Soviet Style: Teaching Atheism and Religion in a Volga Republic

Emily B. Baran

OBEYESEKERE, Gananath, The Awakened Ones: Phenomenology of Visionary Experience

Richard Baxstrom

OCHOA, Todd Ramón, Society of the Dead: Quita Manaquita and Palo Praise in Cuba

Anastasios Panagiotopoulos

PEDERSEN, Morten Axel, Not Quite Shamans: Spirit Worlds and Political Lives in Northern Mongolia

Mette High

ROUNTREE, Kathryn, Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society

Amy Whitehead

WARNER, Michael, Jonathan VANANTWERPEN, and Craig CALHOUN, eds., Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age

Sindre Bangstad

WERBNER, Richard, Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy: Apostolic Reformation in Botswana

Thomas G. Kirsch

FILMS

COLOMBANI, Hervé, dir., Nouvelle Terre Promise

Ruy Llera Blanes