Religion, Marxism, and Ideology

Tremlett, Paul-François (2018). Religion, Marxism, and Ideology. In: Callan, Hilary ed. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.



Across the humanities and the social sciences, the terms “religion,” “ideology,” and “Marxism” are contested to such an extent that it is not always clear to what they refer. The first part of this entry explores these terms, their limits and their ambiguities.The second part is divided into three sections titled “ritual,” “cognition,” and “change.” These refer more broadly to religion and the question of society and processes of social reproduction, religion and modes of thought, and religion and social change, each of which refers to areas of inquiry in the classical and contemporary anthropology of religion.

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