A Sociological Consideration of Prayer and Agency

Loading...
Thumbnail Image

Date

2016-12

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Repository Usage Stats

61
views
160
downloads

Citation Stats

Abstract

<jats:p> Prayer may be seen as one of the most individual forms of action. Yet, like suicide, another supposedly individualistic action performed by a solitary individual, prayer is a dynamic, reflexive, intersubjective social action, and the sociality of prayer may transform the agency of the actor who is committed to this action over time. </jats:p>

Department

Description

Provenance

Subjects

Citation

Published Version (Please cite this version)

10.1162/dram_a_00599

Publication Info

Sun, Anna (2016). A Sociological Consideration of Prayer and Agency. TDR/The Drama Review, 60(4). pp. 118–129. 10.1162/dram_a_00599 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/21917.

This is constructed from limited available data and may be imprecise. To cite this article, please review & use the official citation provided by the journal.

Scholars@Duke

Sun

Anna Sun

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Anna Sun is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at Duke University. A scholar of religion and culture (Princeton PhD in sociology), she has written extensively on the historical production of knowledge of Confucianism as a world religion; gender and the contemporary development of Global Confucianism; comparative studies of prayer and ritual; and theoretical and methodological issues underlying the study of East Asian religions. Professor Sun has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (2015-16) and of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2010-11).

Professor Sun serves as a trustee of the Fetzer Institute. She is on the Advisory Committee of the “Women’s Studies in Religion Program” at Harvard Divinity School, and she is an advisor for the Pew Research Center on surveys of religion in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the US (Asian-Americans). She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of ASIANetwork (2015-16); Vice President of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions (2017-2020); and two-term Co-Chair of the Chinese Religions Unit of the American Academy of Religion (2015-2021).

In addition to her articles and essays, Professor Sun’s publications include Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities  (Princeton University Press, 2013), winner of book awards from the American Academy of Religion and the American Sociological Association;  Situating Spirituality: Context, Practice, and Power, co-edited with Brian Steensland and Jaime Kucinskas (Oxford University Press, 2021); and Against Happiness, co-authored with interdisciplinary colleagues about comparative notions of wellbeing (Columbia University Press, 2023). She is currently working on two monographs, one on Global Confucianism, the other on contemporary ritual life in relation to magic, rationality, gender, time, and urban space.


Unless otherwise indicated, scholarly articles published by Duke faculty members are made available here with a CC-BY-NC (Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial) license, as enabled by the Duke Open Access Policy. If you wish to use the materials in ways not already permitted under CC-BY-NC, please consult the copyright owner. Other materials are made available here through the author’s grant of a non-exclusive license to make their work openly accessible.