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Anthropology and Politics:  Revolution in the Sacred Grove by Ernest Gellner

The Anthropology of Religion : An Introduction The Anthropology of Religion : An Introduction by Fiona Bowie 

This introductory text combines discussion of the origin and development of ideas and debates within the anthropology of religion with a look at where the subject is going today. It will inspire students to explore the field further and encourage them to see that anthropology is not just about reading or doing fieldwork, but offers an enriching way of looking at world. There is a development of ideas throughout the book, but each of the eight chapters is also self-contained, with its own extensive bibliography, so that they can be approached in any order. Each chapter introduces the central theoretical ideas in the anthropology of religion and illustrates them with specific case studies, for example: * Witchcraft in America is illustrated via Evans-Pritchard's famous study of the Azande and witchcraft in Cameroon. * Shamanism is discussed with reference to 'classical' shamanism in the Arctic, and to contemporary 'neo-shamanism'. * The ways in which anthropologists approach ritual are examined particularly in relation to women's initiation ceremonies. Throughout, links are made between the work of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scholars, and contemporary ideas and practices. The appendix consists of a list of ethnographic films and videos that can also be used to illustrate and extend the issues raised in the various chapters. Author Description: Fiona Bowie is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. She is the author of several books on spirituality, and anthropology and religion. Contents: Introduction. 1. Historical Developments. 2. The Body and Society. 3. Maintaining Boundaries. 4. Sex and Gender. 5. Religion, Culture and The Environment. 6. Rites of Passage and Ritual Violence. 7. Shamanism. 8. Witchcraft and The Evil Eye. 9. Spirit Possession Cults. 10. Pilgrimage.

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A New Perspective for Anthropology 
Website by Arnold Perey

How can anthropology have a scientific basis--a means of understanding and describing cultures and people that is verifiable, free of prejudice, true for all cultures?   I present on this website the answer to this tremendously important question that I learned from  Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by Eli Siegel.  

After more than thirty years of study and thought, I say that Eli Siegel gave to anthropology the scientific method it needs, and he gave to anthropology the kindness it needs.  In his book Self and World is the comprehension of the human self that the social sciences--and we ourselves--want. 

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Philosophical Anthropology 

Dr. Anthony Harrison-Barbet

The purpose of this site is to provide an interactive forum for the free exchange of ideas on the general topic 'the nature of man' (philosophical anthropology/the philosophy of culture). Ideas or suggestions will be welcome from any interested persons whether working in the humanities or the sciences.


Philosophical Anthropology

By Dr.  Moris Polanco

The web site for the course "Philosophical Anthropology", taught at the University Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala). In Spanish.


Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

ISCA is located in a number of buildings along the Banbury Road, a few minutes' walk north of Oxford city centre. Some staff also work from the Pitt Rivers Museum's main building on South Parks Road, behind the University Museum. ISCA is the largest graduate anthropology department in the UK, with around 30 students registered for taught course graduate degrees at any one time, and more than 60 doctoral projects currently underway. Staff research interests are wide ranging, with a strong emphasis on the ethnography of the non-Euro-American world. Current research interests include the study of trade in the Indian Ocean, art in the Pacific, Indo-European studies, refugees and forced migration in Africa and Asia, and much more - the page on ISCA staff gives further details. Several important research centres are based at ISCA, including the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies and a major ESRC research programme on Transnational Communities. Close contact with the Pitt Rivers Museum brings collaborative research in the areas of material culture, visual anthropology and ethnomusicology, while visiting scholars from the UK and overseas ensure an ever changing and vibrant research environment.  

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bulletISCA Web Projects 
bulletEvents and Seminars 
bulletDegrees and Courses 
bulletAnthropological Resources 
bulletArchaeological Resources 
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Other Links:

bulletMakhzan - a comprehensive online searchable bibliography of anthropology publications
bulletLibrary of Congress Country Studies Area Handbooks - more detail, but fewer countries, than the CIA World Fact book
bulletClassics of Out(land)ish Anthropology - an intriguing collection of sites that could cause the anthropologist's heart to sink
bulletA site about Gregory Bateson
bulletWEDA - search for anthropologists' email addresses on the World Email Directory of Anthropologists
bulletEuropean Association of Social Anthropologists, University of Girona
bulletA Web-based kinship tutorial devised by Prof. Brian Schwimmer of the University of Manitoba
bulletIndex of UK Anthropological Theses
bulletThe Summer Institute of Linguistics, Dallas, Texas (includes a database of all --most of -- the world's languages)
bulletSOSIG - Social Science Information Gateway (funded by ESRC)
bulletJournal of Buddhist Ethics
bulletERCOMER - the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations
bulletThe Ethnographic Museum, Oslo - a list of links all about masks and masquerades from around the world
bulletSILS Art Image Browser - a database of online art and museum object images from around the world
bulletThe Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Home Page
bulletThe ESRC Data Archive
bulletThe Human Languages Page - lots of information about languages all over the world


The Verulam Institute of Human Studies -- 
Philosophical Anthropology

Site maintained by Dr. Anthony Harrison-Barbet


Anthropology is defined as "the study of man, his origins, physical characteristics, institutions, religious beliefs, social relationships, etc." and this science may be subdivided into cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, social anthropology, and so on. What then is philosophical anthropology? In a broad sense it is a philosophical investigation into all that pertains to man. More precisely, it involves a conceptual analysis of such issues as to whether man can be said to possess a specific 'human nature' by which he is distinguished from other living beings, and the contrast between man as a natural entity and as a - we might say - the cultural being. Traditional philosophical concerns such as the apparent conflict between 'free will', determinism, and moral responsibility, the nature of consciousness, the origin of language, the basis of value, and the like are also clearly relevant to such matters. Many thinkers have in addition attempted to go beyond analysis to develop systematic philosophical accounts of man. The correctness of their assumptions and the validity of their arguments have quite properly been subjected to critical examination by other philosophers. While many thinkers from earliest times have in their philosophies dealt with problems which might be described as appropriate to philosophical anthropology, it is generally accepted that as a clearly identifiable autonomous branch of philosophy philosophical anthropology dates back only to the early twentieth century. It is no coincidence that this has been a period of increasing specialization and unprecedented expansion of technology, and one which has witnessed, perhaps as never before, the depths to which many of our species have descended in their treatment of one another. The growth of philosophical anthropology may be seen in part as an attempt to address both this fragmentation of knowledge and the 'human condition'...


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