The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft

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Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011 - Social Science - 270 pages
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This book is appropriate for a sophomore level text. It is accessible and well organized. It covers much of the range of topics expected in an anthropology of religion class and leaves room for adding material to deepen understanding where the instructor has expertise. I examined eleven current textbooks of anthropology of religion and chose this for a sophomore level class. I chose it for the reasons above. There are books about modern magic (Greenwood 2009) there are some very good and voluminous readers (Lambek 2008; Moro and Myers 2010; Warms 2009). Bowen (2011) is well written and very current. However I found Stein and Stein (2011) to be the best for my purposes. My only detracting comment is that many examples are given without references. I update its coverage of Azande witchcraft with my 1980's fieldwork near Evans-Pritchard's fieldsite and ongoing relationships with Azande inside and outside Sudan. A junior or senior should probably have a more challenging textbook.
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Textbook for my anthropology course on religion, witchcraft and magic. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Rebecca Stein has been teaching with the Los Angeles Community College District since 1995 at various colleges, as well as at Pasadena City College. She joined the Anthropology faculty at Los Angeles Valley College in 2000. Ms. Stein received a bachelor s and master s degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a National Merit Scholarship. Her work has been focused in cultural and psychological anthropology, specifically concerned with child-rearing, transmitting values to children, deviance, gender and religion. She also has an interest in human biological evolution, particularly in the fields of genetics and the new field of Darwinian Psychology.

Philip L. Stein is a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropological and Geographical Sciences at Los Angeles Pierce College. He has also taught at East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, and California State University, Northridge. He received his BA in Zoology and MA in Anthropology from UCLA.
Professor Stein is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a past president of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, National Center for Science Education, and the Southwestern Anthropological Association.

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