Anthropology in Action: The Complex Relationships between Religion, Social Inequality, and Health: Ethnographic Findings from Fiji & Mauritiu

HSS B-11 Anthropology Department

Dr. John Shaver, University of Otago, New Zealand. The cross-cultural ubiquity of religion suggests that the benefits of religion outweigh the costs. But do all members of social groups pay costs equally? And are all members of societies equally likely to benefit? This talk explores these issues with quantitative ethnographic and health data collected in a remote Fijian village, as well as among Tamil Hindus living in Mauritius.