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Resistance, Subversion and the Absence of Religion in Traditional Societies

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1. Title Title of document Resistance, Subversion and the Absence of Religion in Traditional Societies - Religion Evolving
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Benjamin Purzycki; Aarhus University; Denmark
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Richard Sosis; University of Connecticut; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) cognitive science of religion; anthropology of religion; evolutionary religion; beliefs; behavioural religion; religious thought; religion and culture; signalling theory
5. Subject Subject classification cognitive science of religion; anthropology
6. Description Abstract The scientific study of religion has made significant advances in recent decades, explaining how the mind produces religious ideas, the motivations underlying religious behaviour, and the transmission of religious cultures within and across generations. In Religion Evolving: Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics, Purzycki and Sosis argue that further progress requires integration of isolated research findings on the various components – ritual, supernatural agent belief, myth, taboo, and so forth – that constitute religion. Religions, they contend, need to be understood as adaptive systems. Drawing from a wealth of ethnographic and experimental evidence, they situate religious systems within their local socioecological contexts, showing how religious culture adaptively responds to economic, environmental, and human health problems, as well as costly threats to cooperation and reproduction. Based in the evolutionary, cognitive, and anthropological sciences, Religion Evolving offers a holistic approach that attends to the complex, interacting features of religious systems.

7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Feb-2022
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.42784
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Religion Evolving
16. Language English=en en
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