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Around Abby Day’s Believing in Belonging

Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World

Christopher R. Cotter, Grace Davie, James A. Beckford, Saliha Chattoo, Mia Lövheim, Manuel A. Vásquez, and Abby Day

seeks to draw clear boundaries between religion and nonreligion.” As such, I share many of the concerns addressed in Abby’s research—particularly concerning how, as Beckford puts it below, “census and survey questions about religion produce unreliable

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So What Is the Anthropology of Buddhism About?

David N. Gellner

political context of democracy, electoral competition, censuses, and claims on resources. Whether a minority or a majority, Buddhists are no less susceptible to ethno-nationalism than anyone else, as Schober’s contribution to this special section

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Beyond Economy and Religion

Resources and Socio-cosmic Fields in Odisha, India

Roland Hardenberg

. In Odisha, various mining complexes were constructed within the mountainous regions, which are rich in raw materials and predominantly inhabited by people still labeled ‘primitive tribes’ by the Indian government. According to the 2001 census, about

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Belonging in a New Myanmar

Identity, Law, and Gender in the Anthropology of Contemporary Buddhism

Juliane Schober

its citizens continue to adhere to a hierarchy of racial categories to determine who belongs to the Union of Myanmar. The 2015 census shows that the country’s citizens include Burmese (68 percent), Shan (9 percent), Kayin (7 percent), Rakhine (3

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Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold, Bhrigupati Singh, Farhana Ibrahim, Edward Simpson, and Kirin Narayan

felt necessary to explain: “[M]y fieldwork goals did not directly concern demography, rank, or politics, I made no concerted effort to perfect the census … In the course of one and one-half year’s residence, however, I did see the full cycle of seasons

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Eileen Barker

Linda Woodhead, James T. Richardson, Martyn Percy, Catherine Wessinger, and Eileen Barker

. 1949 . The Methodology of the Social Sciences . Trans. and ed. Edward A. Shils and Henry A. Finch New York : Free Press . Weiner , Rex , and Deanne Stillman . 1979 . Woodstock Census: The Nationwide Survey of the Sixties Generation

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Steven Brooke, Dafne Accoroni, Olga Ulturgasheva, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Eugenia Roussou, Francesco Vacchiano, Jeffrey D. Howison, Susan Greenwood, Yvonne Daniel, Joana Bahia, Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Charles Lincoln Vaughan, Katrien Pype, and Linda van de Kamp

, identifies two main variables in databases built on censuses and international surveys: ‘religious affiliation’ (membership in a religious group) and ‘religious attendance’ (the frequency of attendance at religious services). These variables are crisscrossed