Spring 2010

Anthropology of Religion

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-22


Lawrence A. Babb (Section 01)


A survey of anthropological and sociological theories concerning religion’s role in human life. The course will examine a range of questions social scientists have asked about religion. What is religion from an anthropological or sociological point of view? Does it have social or cultural functions that account for its near ubiquity? To what extent is the concept of rationality useful or a hindrance in understanding religion? Is rationality itself culturally relative? The course will consider classical and contemporary approaches to questions such as these.

Spring semester. Professor Babb.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Fall 2011