After the Rescue

Jewish Identity and Community in Contemporary Denmark

Author: A. Buckser

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403976864

Category: History

Page: 271

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In October of 1943, the Danish resistance rescued almost all of the Jews in Copenhagen from roundups by the occupying Nazis. In the years since, Jews have become deeply engaged in a Danish culture that presents very few barriers of antisemitism or prejudice. This book explores the questions that such inclusion raises for the Danish Jews, and what their answers can tell us about the meaning of religion, ethnicity and community in modern society. Social scientists have long argued that modernity poses challenges for traditional ethnic communities, by breaking down the networks of locality, kinship, religion and occupation that have held such communities together. For the Danish Jews, inclusion into the larger society has led to increasing fragmentation, as the community has split into a bewildering array of religious, social, and political factions. Yet it remains one of Scandinavia's most vital religious organizations, and Jewishness remains central to self-understanding for thousands of its members. How this has happened - how the Jewish world has maintained its significance while losing any sense of coherence or unity - suggests a new understanding of the meaning of ethnic community in contemporary society.


Author: Massimo Mastrogregori

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110932989

Category: History

Page: 439

View: 2355


Annually published since 1930, the International bibliography of Historical Sciences (IBOHS) is an international bibliography of the most important historical monographs and periodical articles published throughout the world, which deal with history from the earliest to the most recent times. The works are arranged systematically according to period, region or historical discipline, and within this classification alphabetically. The bibliography contains a geographical index and indexes of persons and authors.

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures

Author: Nadia Valman,Laurence Roth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135048541

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 414

View: 399


The Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures explores the diversity of Jewish cultures and ways of investigating them, presenting the different methodologies, arguments and challenges within the discipline. Divided into themed sections, this book considers in turn: How the individual terms "Jewish" and "culture" are defined, looking at perspectives from Anthropology, Music, Literary Studies, Sociology, Religious Studies, History, Art History, and Film, Television, and New Media Studies. How Jewish cultures are theorized, looking at key themes regarding power, textuality, religion/secularity, memory, bodies, space and place, and networks. Case studies in contemporary Jewish cultures. With essays by leading scholars in Jewish culture, this book offers a clear overview of the field and offers exciting new directions for the future.

The Anthropology of Religious Charisma

Ecstasies and Institutions

Author: C. Lindholm

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137377631

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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According to Max Weber, charisma is opposed to bureaucratic order. This collection reveals the limits of that formula. The contributors show how charisma is a part of cultural frameworks while retaining its ecstatic character among American and Italian Catholics, Syrian Sufis, Taiwanese Buddhists, Hassidic Jews, and Amazonian shamans, among others.

A Peaceful Jihad

Negotiating Identity and Modernity in Muslim Java

Author: R. Lukens-Bull

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403980292

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

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Based on extensive ethnographic research, this book examines how the Islamic community in Java, Indonesia, is actively negotiating both modernity and tradition in the contexts of nation-building, globalisation, and a supposed clash of civilizations. The pesantren community, so-called because it is centered around an educational institution called the pesantren, uses education as a central arena for dealing with globalization and the construction and maintenance of an Indonesian Islamic identity. However, the community's efforts to wrestle with these issues extend beyond education into the public sphere in general and specifically in the area of leadership and politics. The case material is used to understand Muslim strategies and responses to civilizational contact and conflict. Scholars, educated readers, and advanced undergraduates interested in Islam, religious education, the construction of religious identity in the context of national politics and globalization will find this work useful.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices: Countries A-L

Author: Thomas Riggs

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787666132

Category: Religion

Page: 3

View: 1024


In 1,800 pages across 3 volumes, Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.


Author: Elias Bredsdorff

Publisher: N.A


Category: Scandinavian literature

Page: N.A

View: 4415


Spirits and Slaves in Central Sudan

The Red Wind of Sennar

Author: Susan M. Kenyon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137027509

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

View: 1700


This historical ethnography from Central Sudan explores the century-old intertwining of zar , spirit possession, with past lives of ex-slaves and shows that, despite very different social and cultural contexts, zar has continued to be shaped by the experience of slavery.


The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Author: E. Turner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137016426

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

View: 674


Communitas is inspired fellowship; a group's pleasure in sharing common experiences; being 'in the zone' - as in music, sport, and work; the sense felt by a group when their life together takes on full meaning. The experience of communitas, almost beyond strict definition and with almost endless variations, often appears unexpectedly.

Communities of Faith

Sectarianism, Identity, and Social Change on a Danish Island

Author: Andrew Stanley Buckser

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mors Island (Denmark)

Page: 646

View: 2673


The Interpretation of Cultures

Author: Clifford Geertz

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465093566

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 1667


In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

Evangelicalism and conflict in Northern Ireland

Author: Gladys Ganiel

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780230605398

Category: History

Page: 207

View: 2708


This book explores the role of evangelicalism in the conflict in Northern Ireland and discusses how it may contribute to a peaceful political transition. Ganiel analyzes the 'traditional' evangelicals who are associated with the Reverend Ian Paisley, as well as a new breed of 'mediating' evangelicals who have broken with the traditions of the past. Comparing evangelical politics in Northern Ireland to the U.S. and Canada, this book sheds light on future directions for Northern Irish evangelicalism. The conclusion has global reverberations as it reflects on the place of 'strong' religions–such as evangelicalism and other forms of fundamentalism–in contemporary world politics.

The Road to Clarity

Seventh-Day Adventism in Madagascar

Author: E. Keller

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403977003

Category: Science

Page: 286

View: 1604


In recent years, millions of people have joined churches such as the Seventh-day Adventist which prosper enormously in different parts of the world. The Road to Clarity is one of the first ethnographic in-depth studies of this phenomenon. It is a vivid account based on almost two years of participation in ordinary church members' daily religious and non-religious lives. The book offers a fascinating inquiry into the nature of long-term commitment to Adventism among rural people in Madagascar. Eva Keller argues that the key attraction of the church lies in the excitement of study, argument and intellectual exploration. This is a novel approach which challenges utilitarian and cultural particularist explanations of the success of this kind of Christianity.

Renewed survival

Jewish community life in Croatia

Author: Nila Ginger Hofman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780739113295

Category: History

Page: 147

View: 3818


Renewed Survival is an ethno-historic account of Jewish community life in Croatia. It traces the community's turbulent history from its inception in the late eighteenth century to the shifting political climate of the 1990s following the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Croatia's separation from Yugoslavia is explored ethnographically by examining the lives of the members of a small community of largely intercultural Jews.

Shamans, Spirituality, and Cultural Revitalization

Explorations in Siberia and Beyond

Author: Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230110915

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 7567


Shamans attract controversy and fascination well beyond their numbers. Personal experiences with them are based here on extensive fieldwork in several areas of Siberia and the Far East, including Khanty, Sakha, Tuvan, and Buriat regions. Balzer outlines shifting ways that healers and healing communities are creating effective yet altered ritual environments, transcending harsh legacies of Soviet and missionary repression. Providing new angles on our understanding of the intersections of spirituality, religion, and politics, she uses narratives about shamans to probe social and political issues of post-socialism, modernity, authenticity, and indigenous rights. She argues that talented contemporary shamans and shamanic trickster-artists combine social leadership, charisma, creative talent, ecological sensitivity, and healing gifts in their activist lives.

The Sámi people

traditions in transition

Author: Veli-Pekka Lehtola

Publisher: Univ of Alaska Pr

ISBN: 9781889963754

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

View: 2739


The indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia and European Russia have undergone incredible changes in recent years. The only European ethnic group to be recognized as an aboriginal people, the Sami have been divided by national borders for centuries. They are economically and culturally diverse and speak several dialects of the Sami language. The common perception of the Sami as reindeer herders is increasingly inaccurate as they enter the global system as writers, artists, and political activists. This volume is perhaps the only one written from the Sami perspective that is available in English. Beautifully illustrated with color photos, historic maps, and illustrations, The Sami People situates the Sami within a modern context with a rich appreciation of their ancient history. Color photographs juxtapose "traditional" Sami dress and lifestyle with modern art and handicrafts demonstrating how the Sami have interpreted twenty-first century life. A unique resource on the Sami people, this volume is a significant contribution to the literature on circumpolar peoples. An excellent choice for instructors in anthropology, history, and sociology, The Sami People will also appeal to casual readers who are interested in Scandinavia, Native peoples, and European history.