The Anthropology of Magic

The Anthropology of Magic

by Susan Greenwood

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Overview

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.Join the live discussion on Facebook!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845206710
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 724,326
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Susan Greenwood is Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex

Table of Contents

Introduction

SECTION ONE: EXPLAINING MAGIC
1. Mystical Mentality
2. Participation
3. Magical Connections and Associations

SECTION TWO: THE EXPERIENCE OF MAGIC
4. Magical Consciousness
5. A Mythological Language of Magic

SECTION THREE: PRACTICAL MAGIC
6. Webs of Beliefs
7. Magic in Everyday Life

SECTION FOUR: WORKING WITH MAGIC
8. The Nature of Reality
9. 'Not Only, But Also': A New Attitude to Science

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