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Emotion, Identity, and Religion: Hope, Reciprocity, and Otherness

Douglas J. Davies


Deep emotions pervade our human lives and ongoing moods echo them. Religious traditions often shape these and give devotees a sense of identity in a hopeful and meaningful life despite the conflicts, confusion, pain, and grief of existence. Driven by anthropological and sociological perspectives, this book describes and analyses these dynamic tensions and life opportunities as they are worked out in ritual, music, theology, and the allure of sacred places. The book brings some newer concepts to these familiar ideas, such as ‘the humility response’ and ‘moral-somatic’ processes, revealing how o ... More

Keywords: ritual, music, theology, sacred places, humility response, moral-somatic, reciprocity, otherness, religious activity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199551538
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199551538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas J. Davies, author
Professor in the Study of Religion, University of Durham