The Ethnographer s Magic and Other Essays in the History of AnthropologyThe Ethnographer s Magic and Other Essays in the History of Anthropology



For this collection, Stocking has written comments on each of the eight essays included, as well as an introduction providing autobiographical and historiographical context and an afterword reconsidering major themes of the essays in ...

Author: George W. Stocking

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299134148

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According to George Marcus of Rice University, the essays "represent the most informative and insightful writings on Malinowski and Boas and their legacies that are yet available." Beyond their biographical material, the essays here touch upon major themes in the history of anthropology: its powerfully mythic aspect and persistent strain of romantic primitivism; the contradictions of its relationship to the larger sociopolitical sphere; its problematic integration of a variety of natural scientific and humanistic inquiries; and the tension between its scientific aspirations and its subjectively acquired data. To provide an overview against which to read the other essays, Stocking has also included a sketch of the history of anthropology from the ancient Greeks to the present. For this collection, Stocking has written prefatory commentaries for each of the essays, as well as two more extended contextualizing pieces.

MagicMagic



The work of Ernesto de Martino is relatively unknown outside of Italian intellectual circles, but with a growing interest in his ethnographic and theoretical work, he is now widely considered to be one of the great anthropologists and ...

Author: Ernesto De Martino

Publisher: Hau

ISBN: 099050509X

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The work of Ernesto de Martino is relatively unknown outside of Italian intellectual circles, but with a growing interest in his ethnographic and theoretical work, he is now widely considered to be one of the great anthropologists and historians of religion of the early twentieth century. Magic: A theory from the south (first published in Italian asSud e Magia) is de Martino's stunning ethnography of ceremonial magic in southern Italy (Luciana/Basilicata), an intimate “other” to Western European civilization. Rigorous and detailed analyses of evil eye, possession, witchcraft, religious belief, “binding,” exorcism, and various magical practices lead de Martino to question the historical, ideological, ritual, psychological, and pragmatic grounds of the arts of enchantment. The question here is not whether magic is irrational or rational, but why it came to be perceived as a problem of knowledge in the first place. De Martino's response is contextualized within his wider, pathbreaking theorization of ritual, as well as his politically sensitive reading of the south's subaltern culture in its historical encounter with Western science. In addition to the ethnography, De Martino's historical anthropology traces the development of “jettatura” in Enlightenment Naples as a paradigm of the complex dynamics between hegemonic and subaltern cultures. Far ahead of its time, this first English edition (annotated and translated by Dorothy Louise Zinn) stands to be as relevant as ever as anthropologists (among others) continue to theorize modernity's continued tryst with magical thinking. 1st Edition Publication Data: [1959] 2001. Sud e magia. Milano: Feltrinelli Editore. ISBN: 9788807816758.

Empire of MagicEmpire of Magic



“Mandeville,” as observer-narrator, takes the prefiguration of the ethnographer-as
-scientist in the modern age one step further. As one who observes and records
from within a culture in which he participates at length, “Mandeville's” practices ...

Author: Geraldine Heng

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231125277

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Drawing upon feminist and gender theory, as well as cultural analyses of race, class and colonialism, this book revises our understanding of the literary genre of medieval romance. It argues that the romance genre arose in the 12th century as a cultural response to the trauma of war.

Coral Gardens and Their MagicCoral Gardens and Their Magic



The concluding part of Coral Gardens and Their Magic provides a linguistic commentary to the ethnography on agriculture. Malinowski gives a full description of the language of the Trobrianders as an aspect of culture.

Author: Bronislaw Malinowski

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041526250X

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Page: 380

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The concluding part of Coral Gardens and Their Magic provides a linguistic commentary to the ethnography on agriculture. Malinowski gives a full description of the language of the Trobrianders as an aspect of culture.

Coral Gardens and Their MagicCoral Gardens and Their Magic



The concluding part of Coral Gardens and Their Magic provides a linguistic commentary to the ethnography on agriculture. Malinowski gives a full description of the language of the Trobrianders as an aspect of culture.

Author: Malinowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136417733

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Page: 380

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The concluding part of Coral Gardens and Their Magic provides a linguistic commentary to the ethnography on agriculture. Malinowski gives a full description of the language of the Trobrianders as an aspect of culture.

Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post Socialist ContextsReligion and Magic in Socialist and Post Socialist Contexts



This volume is at the crossroads of anthropology, history, as well as cultural memory studies.

Author: Alexandra Cotofana

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9783838269894

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Page: 270

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Religion and magic have played important roles within Eastern European societies where social reality and socio-political balance may differ greatly from those in the West. Although often thought of as being two distinct, even antagonistic forces, religion and magic find ways to work together. By taking on various examples in the multicultural settings of post-Soviet and post-socialist spaces, this collection brings together diverse historical and ethnographic analyses of orthodoxy and heterodoxy from the pre- and post-1989 periods, studies on the relationship of religious and state institutions to individuals practicing alternative forms of spirituality, and examples of borderlands as spaces of ambiguity. This volume is at the crossroads of anthropology, history, as well as cultural memory studies. Its archival and field research findings help understand how repurposing religious and magic practices worked into the transition that countries in Eastern Europe and beyond have experienced after the end of the Cold War.

Magic s ReasonMagic s Reason



In Magic’s Reason, Graham M. Jones tells the entwined stories of anthropology and entertainment magic.

Author: Graham M. Jones

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226518718

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In Magic’s Reason, Graham M. Jones tells the entwined stories of anthropology and entertainment magic. The two pursuits are not as separate as they may seem at first. As Jones shows, they not only matured around the same time, but they also shared mutually reinforcing stances toward modernity and rationality. It is no historical accident, for example, that colonial ethnographers drew analogies between Western magicians and native ritual performers, who, in their view, hoodwinked gullible people into believing their sleight of hand was divine. Using French magicians’ engagements with North African ritual performers as a case study, Jones shows how magic became enshrined in anthropological reasoning. Acknowledging the residue of magic’s colonial origins doesn’t require us to dispense with it. Rather, through this radical reassessment of classic anthropological ideas, Magic’s Reason develops a new perspective on the promise and peril of cross-cultural comparison.

The Anthropology of Religion Magic and WitchcraftThe Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft



However , not all descriptions of human societies are written by ethnographers .
For example , an arehaeologist is someone who studies the physical and cultural
remains of societies that existed in the past and are known today only from their ...

Author: Rebecca L. Stein

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: UOM:39076002741218

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Magic Witchcraft and the OtherworldMagic Witchcraft and the Otherworld



Anthropology's long and complex relationship to magic has been strongly influenced by western science and notions of rationality. This book takes a refreshing new look at modern magic as practised by contemporary Pagans in Britain.

Author: Susan Greenwood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000181227

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Anthropology's long and complex relationship to magic has been strongly influenced by western science and notions of rationality. This book takes a refreshing new look at modern magic as practised by contemporary Pagans in Britain. It focuses on what Pagans see as the essence of magic - a communication with an otherworldly reality. Examining issues of identity, gender and morality, the author argues that the otherworld forms a central defining characteristic of magical practice. Integrating an experiential ethnographic approach with an analysis of magic, this book asks penetrating questions about the nature of otherworldly knowledge and argues that our scientific frameworks need re-envisioning. It is unique in providing an insider's view of how magic is practised in contemporary western culture.

Magical ConsciousnessMagical Consciousness



How does a mind think magically? The research documented in this book is one answer that allows the disciplines of anthropology and neurobiology to come together to reveal a largely hidden dynamic of magic.

Author: Susan Greenwood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317517214

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How does a mind think magically? The research documented in this book is one answer that allows the disciplines of anthropology and neurobiology to come together to reveal a largely hidden dynamic of magic. Magic gets to the very heart of some theoretical and methodological difficulties encountered in the social and natural sciences, especially to do with issues of rationality. This book examines magic head-on, not through its instrumental aspects but as an orientation of consciousness. Magical consciousness is affective, associative and synchronistic, shaped through individual experience within a particular environment. This work focuses on an in-depth case study using the anthropologist’s own experience gained through years of anthropological fieldwork with British practitioners of magic. As an ethnographic view, it is an intimate study of the way in which the cognitive architecture of a mind engages the emotions and imagination in a pattern of meanings related to childhood experiences, spiritual communications and the environment. Although the detail of the involvement in magical consciousness presented here is necessarily specific, the central tenets of modus operandi is common to magical thought in general, and can be applied to cross-cultural analyses to increase understanding of this ubiquitous human phenomenon.

Report of the Mr and Mrs Henry Pfeiffer Expedition for Huichol EthnographyReport of the Mr and Mrs Henry Pfeiffer Expedition for Huichol Ethnography



... theory of magic contrary to the sociological theory of Durkheim is Frazer's
intellectualistic theory of magic as primitive science . The theory has great
plausibility from the psychological point of view of most British and American
ethnographers ...

Author: Robert Mowry Zingg

Publisher: Kraus Reprint. Company

ISBN: IND:39000002947773

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Blood MagicBlood Magic



"Sets the stage for an ethnography of menstruation beliefs and will, I predict, be viewed as the opening work of a whole ethnographic tradition . . . will be widely cited."—Anna Meigs, Macalester College "Provides a concise and complete ...

Author: Thomas Buckley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520063503

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"Sets the stage for an ethnography of menstruation beliefs and will, I predict, be viewed as the opening work of a whole ethnographic tradition . . . will be widely cited."—Anna Meigs, Macalester College "Provides a concise and complete critique of the literature and thinking on menstrual practices and introduces new analyses and concepts with regard to previously unknown material."—Ann L. Wright, University of Arizona

Not Magic But WorkNot Magic But Work



This book is a detailed description of the intensive work process involved in the making of Toy Symphony, a new play by Michael Gow, directed by Neil Armfield and brought to the stage for the first time in December 2007 by Company B at the ...

Author: Gay McAuley

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ISBN: 0719099315

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Newly available in paperback, this is a detailed description of the intensive work process involved in the making of Toy Symphony, a play by Michael Gow, directed by Neil Armfield and brought to the stage for the first time in December 2007 by Company B at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney. Drawing on years of research McAuley rejects simplistic notions of playwright or director as 'auteur'. Her account makes possible a more nuanced understanding of the real artistry involved in what it is that the director does and what the playwright contributes to the process. The book is in two parts. The first describes the work process and the complex relations between participants noted by McAuley during her intensive observation of the rehearsal period throughout the run of the production. The second part consists of a number of essays reflecting on aspects of the work observed, and providing a theoretical framework for deeper understanding of the rehearsal practices described. McAuley concludes that contemporary theatre constitutes a highly effective model of group creativity that could be applied in many different institutional contexts.

Ethnographic Discourse of the OtherEthnographic Discourse of the Other



But it is much of the religious ritual containing the magical elements . It is
especially connected with economic activities of justice and medicine . Magic
may be used to fortify individual or community in any undertaking such as love
war ...

Author: Panchanan Mohanty

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131747797

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This book primarily tries to bring out the analogy between the conceptual and methodological discourses on the theme of the other. The term 'Other' here refers to the oppressed sections of the society. It may be dalits, women, indigenous or ethnic communities. Since we are living in a multicultural and multilingual society, we should share our views with others on a platform where issues of the marginalized people are addressed by different scholars following different methods and techniques. Though there are various policies and plans for the welfare of the downtrodden, hardly any change can be seen at the micro-level structure of the society. There are studies which highlighted the problems and ethos of the downtrodden sections, but a majority of those studies neglected the marginalized groups. Hence, we felt the need to highlight the issues and concerns of these groups in a wider context and started thinking on the theme 'Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues'. This volume attempts to discuss and theorize the pragmatic concepts and issues related to the marginalized groups in contemporary societies in South Asia. This book is interdisciplinary in nature and will be useful to scholars and students of Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Social Work, Culture Studies, Gender Studies and Philosophy. It is widely applicable to all sections of the oppressed socially, economically, culturally, academically, politically and other wise.