Although the world population faces movement, mixing and displacement on a larger scale than ever before, the result has not been a collapse of boundaries but an increase in the rise of new forms of ethnic, cultural and religious identity. Those based in the highly developed countries can extend global influence through wealth and sophisticated technology.
The Pursuit of Certainty presents original case studies which explore the effect anthropology's inherited tradition of tolerance and cross-cultural understanding has on the new pursuits of truth. Several chapters focus on the rise of new certainties while others examine notions of diversity providing a critical perspective on the new religious movements and current popular orthodoxies relating to society and culture.

chapter |14 pages


part |2 pages

Part I Displacement and the search for redefinition

chapter 1|28 pages

Managing tradition

part |2 pages

Part II Emerging world forms

chapter 3|32 pages

Race, culture and—what?

chapter 4|20 pages

Certain knowledge

chapter 5|22 pages

Inventing certainties

chapter 6|26 pages

Powerful knowledge in a global Sufi cult

chapter 7|34 pages

Topophilia, Zionism and ‘certainty’

part |2 pages

Part III Vernacular contexts of public reason and critique

chapter 8|20 pages

The politics of tolerance

chapter 10|24 pages

Bourdieu and the diviner

chapter 11|24 pages

Choking on the Quran

part |2 pages

Part IV Epilogue: a professional dilemma?

chapter 12|24 pages

Cultural certainties and private doubts

ByRoger Just