Anthropological Studies of Religion: An Introductory Text

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 27, 1987 - Social Science - 369 pages
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In this important, scholarly and wide-ranging text, Brian Morris provides a lucid outline of the nature of the explanations of religious phenomena offered by such great thinkers as Hegel, Marx, and Weber. In doing so he also unravels the many theoretical strategies in the study of religion that have been developed and explored by later anthropologists. Besides discussing the classical authors and the debates surrounding their work, Morris presents perceptive accounts of more contemporary scholars such as Jung, Malinowski, Levi-Strauss, Geertz, and Godelier. Written from the standpoint of critical sympathy, and free of jargon, this book is an invaluable guide to the writings on religion of all the major figures in anthropology.
 

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Contents

Religion as ideology
5
Hegels philosophy of religion
13
The essence of religion
18
his life and early writings
23
Historical materialism
35
Religion and class structure
44
Religion as theodicy
51
The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism
61
biographical notes
163
Religion and the collective unconscious
167
Religion as archetype
174
Religion meaning and function
182
Anthropology and history
186
Animals anomalies and abominations
203
The interpretation of symbols
218
Ritual symbolism and social structure
235

Webers sociology of religion
68
Comparative studies
79
Weber and Marx
87
The anthropological tradition
91
Durkheims sociology
106
Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
111
Religion and society
122
Cosmology and social structure
131
Religion and psychology
141
Freuds biological theory of meaning
151
Totem and taboo
155
The ritual process
246
Religious thought structure and hermeneutics
264
The savage mind
278
Modes of thought
291
Religion as culture
312
Structural Marxism
319
Selected monographs for further reading
329
References
341
Index
359
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About the author (1987)

Brian Morris is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, at the University of London. His many publications include Chewa Medical Botany, Animals and Ancestors, Kropotkin: The Politics of Community, Insects and Human Life and Anthropological Studies of Religion: An Introductory Text (Cambridge, 1987).

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