Anthropology of Magic

ISBN-10: 1845206711
ISBN-13: 9781845206710
Edition: 2009
Authors: Susan Greenwood
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Description: Magic is arguably the least understood subject in anthropology today. Exotic and fascinating, it offers us a glimpse into another world but it also threatens to undermine the foundations of anthropology due to its supposed irrational and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 11/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Magic is arguably the least understood subject in anthropology today. Exotic and fascinating, it offers us a glimpse into another world but it also threatens to undermine the foundations of anthropology due to its supposed irrational and non-scientific nature. Magic has thus often been 'explained away' by social or psychological reduction. the Anthropology of Magic redresses the balance and brings magic, as an aspect of consciousness, into focus through the use of classic texts and cutting-edge research. Suitable for student and scholar alike, the Anthropology of Magic updates a classical anthropological debate concerning the nature of human experience. A key theme is that human beings everywhere have the potential for magical consciousness. Taking a new approach to some perennial topics in anthropology-such as shamanism, mythology, witchcraft, and healing-the book raises crucial theoretical and methodological issues to provide the reader with an engaging and critical understanding of the dynamics of magic.

Introduction
Explaining Magic
Mystical Mentality
Participation: A Key to Understanding Magic
Magical Connections and Associations
The Experience of Magic
Magical Consciousness
A Mythological Language of Magic
Practical Magic
Webs of Beliefs
Magic in Everyday Life
Working with Magic
The Nature of Reality
�Not Only, but Also�: A New Attitude toward Science
Index

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