The Ceremonial Animal : A New Portrait of Anthropology, Paperback / softback Book

The Ceremonial Animal : A New Portrait of Anthropology Paperback / softback


Adapting Wittgenstein's concept of the human species as 'a ceremonial animal', Wendy James writes vividly and readably. Her new overview advocates a clear line of argument: that the concept of social form is a primary key to anthropology and the human sciences as a whole. Weaving memorable ethnographic examples into her text, James brings together carefully selected historical sources as well as references to current ideas in neighbouring disciplines such asarchaeology, paleoanthropology, genetics, art and material culture, ethnomusicology, urban and development studies, politics, economics, psychology, and religious studies. She shows the relevance of anthropology to pressing world issues such as migration, humanitarian politics, the new reproductivetechnologies, and religious fundamentalism. Wendy James's engaging style will appeal to specialist and non-specialist alike. The Foreword is written by Michael J. Lambek, Professor of Anthropology, University


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 410 pages, numerous halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Worship, rites & ceremonies
  • ISBN: 9780199263349

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