Přednáška Faith in the Faithful: Religious Practice, Reputation, and Social Support in Rural Tamil Nadu

30. 10. 2020

LEVYNA a HUME Lab vás opět srdečně zvou na přednášku, kterou pořádají ve čtvrtek 5. 11., 16:00 - 17:00. Přednáška proběhne prostřednictvím platformy Zoom. 

Pozvání tentokrát přijala dr. Eleanor Power (https://www.lse.ac.uk/Methodology/People/Academic-Staff/Eleanor-Power/Eleanor-Power) antropoložka působící v současnosti na Department of Methodology, LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science), UK. Zde je její Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1eWtkAQAAAAJ&hl=en), zde je její Twitter (https://twitter.com/eleanorapower?lang=cs).

Přednáška:
Faith in the Faithful: Religious Practice, Reputation, and Social Support in Rural Tamil Nadu
(Zoom link: https://cesnet.zoom.us/j/97264330264?pwd=ZXAram1LSE9HcXc1dlY4YW1PMi9mQT09)
Abstrakt:  Discerning the intentions and character of others is a difficult task. In the villages where I work in Tamil Nadu, religious practice is seen as particularly helpful in that process of discernment. There, religious acts are often quite dramatic: devotees walk across hot coals, pierce their skin with hooks and spears, walk barefoot to distant temples, and sacrifice animals to the divine. What do onlookers discern from these acts, and how do they shape people's relationships? Drawing on reputational and social support network data, I show that greater and costlier ritual participation corresponds to greater recognition not only for being devout, but also for holding a suite of prosocial traits. Perhaps more importantly, greater and costlier ritual participation also increases the likelihood of a supportive tie between individuals. And, supportive ties are more likely between those who participate in collective rituals together. These findings collectively give us some empirical evidence of the role of religion in society.

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