Book Announcement: Cristina Rocha

John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing  (OUP2017)  Cristina Rocha

This is the first ethnographic account of the global spiritual movement headed the Brazilian faith healer John of God, who has become an international faith healing superstar in the past decade. Renowned for performing surgeries using kitchen knives and scissors, without anesthetics or asepsis, John of God is visited by thousands of the desperately ill, the wealthy, celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Ram Daas, and Shirley MacLaine, and an increasing array of media. Drawing on a decade of fieldwork in Brazil, the US, the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, Cristina Rocha examines the social and cultural forces that have made it possible for a healer from Brazil to become a global “guru” in the 21st century. The book’s key themes are: the ways in which religion is both globalized and localized in late modernity, the establishment of transnational communities of belief, the transformation of poor rural areas into sites of globalization, the efficacy of healing across cultures, and the prominent place of healing (of the body, the spirit and the planet) and its intimate connection with spirituality and religion in late modernity.

 

“This is one of the most insightful and engaging accounts of spiritual healing in recent years. By focusing on one of the most intriguing spiritual healers of our time, Joao de Deus, Rocha illuminates the enduring relevance, despite significant secularization in the West, of curing through faith. This book belongs on the top shelf of everyone interested in 21st-century religion, spirituality and globalization.”

R. Andrew Chesnut, author of Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Ch 1: Meeting John of God: an Uneasy Beginning

Ch 2: How does He Get His Magic?

Ch 3: Re-enchanting Healing

Ch 4: Abadiania as a Touristic Borderzone

Ch 5: Spiritual Tourism, Cultural Translation, and Friction

Ch 6: Flows into the Global North: Building a Transnational Spiritual Community

Ch 7: Localizing Flows: Healing the Land of its Suffering

Conclusion

Notes

References

Index

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/john-of-god-9780190466718?q=rocha&lang=en&cc=us#

 

New Book: “Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality”

The book shows that religion is a major factor in shaping public opinion about homsoexulaity.

Public opinion about homosexuality varies substantially around the world. While residents in some nations have embraced gay rights as human rights, people in many other countries find homosexuality unacceptable. What creates such big differences in attitudes? This book shows that cross-national differences in opinion can be explained by the strength of democratic institutions, the level of economic development, and the religious context of the places where people live. Amy Adamczyk uses survey data from almost ninety societies, case studies of various countries, content analysis of newspaper articles, and in-depth interviews to examine how demographic and individual characteristics influence acceptance of homosexuality.

Endorsements:

“Adamczyk has written the most comprehensive contemporary study on disapproval of homosexuality. She takes into account multidisciplinary theoretical insights on individual as well as contextual determinants to provide a worldwide readership with enlightening overviews on controversial issues.” —Peer Scheepers, Radboud University

“In this groundbreaking book Adamczyk has undertaken the daunting task of unraveling the complex dynamics shaping public opinion about same-sex relationships. She provides a rich theoretical understanding of the macro forces influencing attitudes and impressively integrates multiple types of methods and data to assess these ideas. A major contribution to cross-national public opinion research that I highly recommend.”—Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame
“Few studies have explored change in attitudes toward homosexuality on a global scale. Adamczyk’s mixed-methods approach and breadth of case studies, as well as her original and stimulating treatment of her materials, make for an ambitious and timely work that offers an important contribution to the scholarly community.”—Phillip M. Ayoub, author of When States Come Out
“Adamczyk has written the most comprehensive contemporary study on disapproval of homosexuality. She takes into account multidisciplinary theoretical insights on individual as well as contextual determinants to provide a worldwide readership with enlightening overviews on controversial issues.” —Peer Scheepers, Radboud University
“Drawing from a wealth of quantitative and qualitative cross-national data, Adamczyk provides an illuminating analysis of cross-national patterns in attitudes toward homosexuality. This highly informative book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the societal roots of sexual prejudice and tolerance in the 21st century.  I strongly recommend it.” —Gregory M. Herek, University of California, Davis
“True cross-national studies of public opinion are rare, and even rarer still are those that take religious differences seriously.  Adamczyk explores the diversity and sources of opinions among Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, and Confucian/Buddhist majority countries.  I recommend this book highly to those interested in the intersection of religion and the politics of sexuality, and of those interested in comparative public opinion more broadly.” —Clyde Wilcox, Georgetown University

“Conversation around the topic of diversity has never been more timely on college campuses, and Professor Adamczyk takes up the important subject of sexual diversity, offering a wide-ranging portrait of attitudes about same-sex relationships on a global scale. For graduate and undergraduate students interested in gay rights and sexual identity, Adamczyk’s new book offers an essential window into how religion, politics, and economic development affect public opinion on these topics, and will surely spark passionate campus conversation about her findings.”
-Donna Freitas, author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses

To Order:

The book will be published by University of California Press on February, 7 2017.

If you purchase the book at the UC Press website, you can get a 30% discount by entering:16M4197 at checkout.

www.ucpress.edu/go/crossnationalpublicopinion

New Book: Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples

Edited by James L. Cox and Adam Possamai

Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples (Hardback) book cover

https://www.routledge.com/Religion-and-Non-Religion-among-Australian-Aboriginal-Peoples/Cox-Possamai/p/book/9781472443830

Offering a significant contribution to the emerging field of ‘Non-Religion Studies’, Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples draws on Australian 2011 Census statistics to ask whether the Indigenous Australian population, like the wider Australian society, is becoming increasingly secularised or whether there are other explanations for the surprisingly high percentage of Aboriginal people in Australia who state that they have ‘no religion’. Contributors from a range of disciplines consider three central questions: How do Aboriginal Australians understand or interpret what Westerners have called ‘religion’? Do Aboriginal Australians distinguish being ‘religious’ from being ‘non-religious’? How have modernity and Christianity affected Indigenous understandings of ‘religion’? These questions re-focus Western-dominated concerns with the decline or revival of religion, by incorporating how Indigenous Australians have responded to modernity, how modernity has affected Indigenous peoples’ religious behaviours and perceptions, and how variations of response can be found in rural and urban contexts.

Book Announcement

London Youth, Religion, and Politics: Engagement and Activism from Brixton to Brick Lane

Daniel Nilsson DeHanas

Oxford University Press, 2016

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/london-youth-religion-and-politics-9780198743675

For more than a decade the “Muslim question” on integration and alleged extremism has vexed Europe, revealing cracks in long-held certainties about the role of religion in public life. Secular assumptions are being tested not only by the growing presence of Muslims but also by other fervent new arrivals such as Pentecostal Christians. London Youth, Religion, and Politics focuses on young adults of immigrant parents in two inner-city London areas: the East End and Brixton. It paints vivid portraits of dozens of young men and women met at local cafes, on park benches, and in council estate stairwells, and provides reason for a measured hope.
In East End streets like Brick Lane, revivalist Islam has been generating more civic integration although this comes at a price that includes generational conflict and cultural amnesia. In Brixton, while the influence of Pentecostal and traditional churches can be limited to family and individual renewal, there are signs that this may be changing. This groundbreaking work offers insight into the lives of urban Muslim, Christian, and non-religious youth. In times when the politics of immigration and diversity are in flux, it offers a candid appraisal of multiculturalism in practice.

“Daniel Nilsson DeHanas’ empirically driven analysis should be read, marked, learned and inwardly digested by all those who care about our democratic future and the place of second-generation migrants in this. I commend it warmly.”

Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of Exeter

“Drawing on a much-needed comparative study, this book provides a fascinating insight into the civic integration and political participation of British Muslim, Christian and non-religious young people in a changing Britain.”

John Eade, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Roehampton

Daniel Nilsson DeHanas teaches Political Science and Religion at King’s College London. He is Co-Editor of the journal Religion, State and Society.

New Book: Buddhism in America: Global Religion, Local Contexts

Buddhism in America: Global Religion, Local Contexts
Bloombury, 2016
http://bloomsbury.com/uk/buddhism-in-america-9781472581938/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Buddhism%20in%20America&utm_campaign=IC-SOLUS_Buddhism%20in%20America_OCT%2016_UK/

About Buddhism in America

Buddhism in America provides the most comprehensive and up to date survey of the diverse landscape of US Buddhist traditions, their history and development, and current methodological trends in the study of Buddhism in the West, located within the translocal flow of global Buddhist culture.

Divided into three parts (Histories; Traditions; Frames), this introduction traces Buddhism’s history and encounter with North American culture, charts the landscape of US Buddhist communities, and engages current methodological and theoretical developments in the field. The volume includes:

  • – A short introduction to Buddhism
  • – A historical survey from the 19th century to the present
  • – Coverage of contemporary US Buddhist communities, including Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana

Theoretical and methodological issues and debates covered include:

  • – Social, political and environmental engagement
  • – Race, feminist, and queer theories of Buddhism
  • – Secular Buddhism, digital Buddhism, and modernity
  • – Popular culture, media, and the arts

Pedagogical tools include chapter summaries, discussion questions, images and maps, a glossary, and case studies. The book’s website provides recommended further resources including websites, books and films, organized by chapter. With individual chapters which can stand on their own and be  assigned out of sequence, Buddhism in America is the ideal resource for courses on Buddhism in America, American Religious History, and Introduction to Buddhism.

New Book: Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion

This book has just been published. 

Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion (Oxford University Press, 2016); edited by Nadia Marzouki, Duncan McDonnell and Olivier Roy.

  • Critical look at the new wave of right-wing populist movements that are using religion to mobilize people
  • Draws on international case studies, including the USA, UK, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and Israel
  • Looks at how modern religion is more about identity than faith

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/saving-the-people-9780190639013?cc=us&lang=en&

An excerpt of the introduction can be found here: 

http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2016/09/27/religion-and-populism/

New Book: Violent Conversion: Brazilian Pentecostalism and Urban Women in Mozambique

Violent Conversion: Brazilian Pentecostalism and Urban Women in Mozambique

by Linda Van de Kamp

https://boydellandbrewer.com/violent-conversion-hb.html

Examines Pentecostal conversion as a force of change, revealing new insights into its dominant role in global Christianity today.

There has been an extraordinary growth in Pentecostalism in Africa, with Brazilian Pentecostals establishing new transnational Christian connections, initiating widespread changes not only in religious practice but in society. This book describes its rise in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, and the sometimes dramatic impact of Pentecostalism on women. Here large numbers of urban women are taking advantage of the opportunities Pentecostalism offers to overcome restrictions at home, pioneer new life spaces and change their lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, conversion can also mean a violent rupturing with tradition, with family and with social networks. As the pastors encourage women to cut their ties with the past, including ancestral spirits, they come to see their kin and husbands as imbued with evil powers, and many leave their families. Conquering spheres that used to be forbidden to them, they often live alone as unmarried women, sometimes earning more than men of a similar age. They are also expected to donate huge sums to the churches, often money that they can ill afford, bringing new hardships.
Linda van de Kamp is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

New Book: Violent Conversion: Brazilian Pentecostalism and Urban Women in Mozambique

Violent Conversion: Brazilian Pentecostalism and Urban Women in Mozambique

by Linda Van de Kamp

https://boydellandbrewer.com/violent-conversion-hb.html

Examines Pentecostal conversion as a force of change, revealing new insights into its dominant role in global Christianity today.

There has been an extraordinary growth in Pentecostalism in Africa, with Brazilian Pentecostals establishing new transnational Christian connections, initiating widespread changes not only in religious practice but in society. This book describes its rise in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, and the sometimes dramatic impact of Pentecostalism on women. Here large numbers of urban women are taking advantage of the opportunities Pentecostalism offers to overcome restrictions at home, pioneer new life spaces and change their lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, conversion can also mean a violent rupturing with tradition, with family and with social networks. As the pastors encourage women to cut their ties with the past, including ancestral spirits, they come to see their kin and husbands as imbued with evil powers, and many leave their families. Conquering spheres that used to be forbidden to them, they often live alone as unmarried women, sometimes earning more than men of a similar age. They are also expected to donate huge sums to the churches, often money that they can ill afford, bringing new hardships.
Linda van de Kamp is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Seeking book reviewer

Book to be reviewed for Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity

Apologies for cross-posting. Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity (http://www.brill.com/asian-medicine) is a peer-reviewed, english-language multidisciplinary journal aimed at researchers and practitioners of Asian Medicine in Asia as well as in Western countries, published by Brill on behalf of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM).

We are looking for someone to review the book Healing Traditions in the Northwestern Himalayas (authored by Pankaj Gupta, Vijay Kumar Sharma and Sushma Sharma and published by Springer).If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Susannah Deane: susannahdeane@gmail.com

Best wishes,

Susannah Deane

Book reviews editor, Hiamalayan  section

Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity

New Book: Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines:


Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines:
Young People Reinterpreting Religion (Routledge, 2016)

Published under the Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series
This book, based on extensive original research, examines the nature of Catholicism in the contemporary Philippines. It shows how Catholicism is apparently flourishing, with good attendance at Sunday Masses, impressive religious processions and flourishing charismatic groups, and with interventions by the Catholic hierarchy in national and local politics. However, focusing in particular on the beliefs and practices of young people, the book shows that young people are often adopting a different, more individualised approach to Catholicism. It considers the features of this: a more personal and experiential relationship with God; a new approach to morality, in which right living is seen as more important than right believing; and a critical view of what is seen as the Catholic hierarchy’s misguidedness. The book argues that this reinterpreting of religion by young people has the potential to alter fundamentally the nature of Catholicism in the Philippines, but that, nevertheless, young people’s new approach involves a solid, enduring commitment and a strong view of their own Catholic, religious identity.
Jayeel Serrano Cornelio is Director and Assistant Professor of the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

https://www.routledge.com/Being-Catholic-in-the-Contemporary-Philippines-Young-People-Reinterpreting/Cornelio/p/book/9781138803343
https://www.amazon.com/Being-Catholic-Contemporary-Philippines-Reinterpreting/dp/1138803340?ie=UTF8&Version=1&entries=0