Popular Culture, Religion and Society. A Social-Scientific Approach
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Religious Hair Display and Its Meanings

Authors: Innes, Jr, William C.

  • Uniquely and simultaneously considers religious hair practices from the believer’s spiritual viewpoint, theology, history, sociology and psychology
  • Conveys how head coverings like the hijab and turban and hair practices like shaving and cutting fit into the history and beliefs of the six largest religious traditions
  • Uncovers the hidden meanings of cutting, shaving, and covering, through the insights of psychologists and sociologists
  • Contains illustrations as well as interviews 
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About this book

This book explores the fascinating world of religious hair observances within six religious traditions that account for 77% of the world’s adherents: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Symbolic use of hair has been, and remains, prevalent in all six and carries significant amounts of religious and social meaning. Hair is a unique body substance. It can be shaped and colored, removed from us without pain but still retain an individual’s essence, signal our age, sex, and sexual maturity, and much, much more.  

The book’s approach is to situate each practice within its tradition. That requires a study of its foundational leaders and their teachings, sacred texts (where they mention hair), its rites and rituals, ideas of religious power and subsequent historical development. Contemporary practitioners are interviewed for their motivations. Even more insight can be gleaned by searching beyond an overt religious purpose. Social scientists from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and related fields bring their research to deliver added perceptions.

The author reveals how hair practices are created from ancient psychological and cultural impulses, become modified by time, culture and religious intent, and are adopted by adherents for reasons ranging from personal religious expression to group identity. This book is written for the interested observer of our increasingly diverse society and for the student of comparative religion and sociology. It will change forever how you see hair.


About the authors

William C. Innes, Jr. earned a PhD in Ecclesiastical History from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and has written over his career on religion and society.  Currently, he teaches in Africa and Asia in an MAOL program through Development Associates International, and in the University of Delaware’s Life-Long Learning program.   

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eBook 85,59 €
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  • Due: May 9, 2021
  • ISBN 978-3-030-69974-1
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • Due: May 9, 2021
  • ISBN 978-3-030-69973-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religious Hair Display and Its Meanings
Authors
Series Title
Popular Culture, Religion and Society. A Social-Scientific Approach
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69974-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69974-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69973-4
Series ISSN
2509-3223
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 276
Number of Illustrations
73 b/w illustrations
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