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The Golden Bough

Author: James George Frazer
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191605603
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A classic study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind, and the progress through magic and religion to scientific thought, The Golden Bough has a unique status in modern anthropology and literature. First published in 1890, The Golden Bough was eventually issued in a twelve-volume edition (1906-15) which was abridged in 1922 by the author and his wife. That abridgement has never been reconsidered for a modern audience. In it some of the more controversial passages were dropped, including Frazer's daring speculations on the Crucifixion of Christ. For the first time this one-volume edition restores Frazer's bolder theories and sets them within the framework of a valuable introduction and notes. A seminal work of modern anthropolgy, The Golden Bough also influenced many twentieth-century writers, including D H Lawrence, T S Eliot, and Wyndham Lewis. Its discussion of magical types, the sacrificial killing of kings, the dying god, and the scapegoat is given fresh pertinence in this new edition. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Sage Handbook Of Social Anthropology

Author: Richard Fardon
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 144626601X
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In two volumes, the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology provides the definitive overview of contemporary research in the discipline. It explains the what, where, and how of current and anticipated work in Social Anthropology. With 80 authors, contributing more than 60 chapters, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date statement of research in Social Anthropology available and the essential point of departure for future projects. The Handbook is divided into four sections: -Part I: Interfaces examines Social Anthropology's disciplinary connections, from Art and Literature to Politics and Economics, from Linguistics to Biomedicine, from History to Media Studies. -Part II: Places examines place, region, culture, and history, from regional, area studies to a globalized world -Part III: Methods examines issues of method; from archives to war zones, from development projects to art objects, and from ethics to comparison -Part IV: Futures anticipates anthropologies to come: in the Brain Sciences; in post-Development; in the Body and Health; and in new Technologies and Materialities Edited by the leading figures in social anthropology, the Handbook includes a substantive introduction by Richard Fardon, a think piece by Jean and John Comaroff, and a concluding last word on futures by Marilyn Strathern. The authors - each at the leading edge of the discipline - contribute in-depth chapters on both the foundational ideas and the latest research. Comprehensive and detailed, this magisterial Handbook overviews the last 25 years of the social anthropological imagination. It will speak to scholars in Social Anthropology and its many related disciplines.


Author: Kate Flint
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192540688
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Flash! presents a fascinating cultural history of flash photography, from its mid-nineteenth century beginnings to the present day. All photography requires light, but the light of flash photography is quite distinctive: artificial, sudden, shocking, intrusive, and extraordinarily bright. Associated with revelation and wonder, it has been linked to the sublimity of lightning. Yet it has also been reviled: it's inseparable from anxieties about intrusion and violence, it creates a visual disturbance, and its effects are often harsh and create exaggerated contrasts. Flash! explores flash's power to reveal shocking social conditions, its impact on the representation of race, its illumination of what would otherwise remain hidden in darkness, and its capacity to put on display the most mundane corners of everyday life. It looks at flash's distinct aesthetics, examines how paparazzi chase celebrities, how flash is intimately linked to crime, how flash has been used to light up - and interrupt - countless family gatherings, how flash can 'stop time' allowing one to photograph rapidly moving objects or freeze in a strobe, and it considers the biggest flash of all, the atomic bomb. Examining the work of professionals and amateurs, news hounds and art photographers, photographers of crime and of wildlife, the volume builds a picture of flash's place in popular culture, and its role in literature and film. Generously illustrated throughout, Flash! brings out the central role of this medium to the history of photography and challenges some commonly held ideas about the nature of photography itself.

Wurzeln Des Menschseins

Author: Frithjof Schuon
Publisher: tredition
ISBN: 3732308049
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»Es ist notwendig, eine geistige Verwurzelung zu verwirklichen, die dem Äußeren seine zugleich zerstreuende und verengende Willkürherrschaft nimmt und die uns stattdessen ermöglicht, ›Gott überall zu sehen‹, das heißt, in den sinnenhaften Dingen die Sinnbilder, die Urbilder und die Wesenheiten wahrzunehmen; denn die von einer verinnerlichten Seele wahrgenommenen Schönheiten werden Faktoren der Verinnerlichung.« Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) wird in weiten Teilen der Welt als einer der bedeutendsten religionsphilosophischen Schriftsteller des 20. Jahrhunderts angesehen. Er gilt als führender Vertreter jener Denkrichtung, die Sophia perennis (»immerwährende Weisheit«) genannt wird, und welche die zeitlosen und überall gültigen Grundsätze enthält, die den verschiedenen Lehren, den Sinnbildern, der heiligen Kunst und den geistigen Übungen der Weltreligionen zugrunde liegen. Dieses Buch handelt von den Grundsätzen der Metaphysik und ihren Anwendungen auf die religiöse und geistige Ebene. Es enthält drei Teile: Der erste hat erkenntnistheoretische, metaphysische und kosmologische Fragen zum Gegenstand, der zweite das esoterische Verständnis verschiedener religiöser Überlieferungen, der dritte das geistige Leben. So werden im Licht der metaphysischen Grundsätze die innere Bedeutung der religiösen Formen sowie deren Umsetzung im Dasein des Menschen erkennbar. Das Buch wendet sich an Menschen, die auf der Suche nach einem geistig fundierten Verständnis der Welt und ihres eigenen Lebens sind, einem Verständnis, das über die Antworten hinausgeht, welche die modernen Wissenschaften geben können. Es vermag zu befreienden Einsichten und tiefer Gewissheit zu führen.

Dostoevsky And Social And Metaphysical Freedom

Author: Tatyana Buzina
ISBN: 9780773466432
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In structuring its argument about the dynamic by which the notions of fate and freedom operate throughout Dostoevsky's canon, this work brings together four traditions, the romantic tradition, old Norse mythology, the Russian folk tradition, and the Bible.


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""Why theories of religion?" After raising and answering this question the author begins his examination of theories of religion by first looking at the explanations given by religious believers (Revelation and Religious Experience). He then considers the view of thinkers who have sought to transform religion into philosophy (Plato, Kant and Hegel), before reviewing the theories of those who have seen religion as arising out of errors in primitive thinking (Tyler, Frazer and Levy-Bruhl) and those 'masters of suspicion', as Paul Ricoeur has called them, (Feuerbach, Nietzsche, Marx and Freud) who offered what they believed to be exhaustive psychological and sociological theories of the origin and nature of religion. In the course of his discussion the author also engages with many contemporary thinkers whose discussions of religion have been based on these classical accounts."--BOOK JACKET.