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Anthropology and Religion What We Know, Think, and Question

by Robert L. Winzeler

Anthropology and Religion What We Know, Think, and Question Synopsis

Drawing from ethnographic examples found throughout the world, this revised and updated text offers an introduction to what anthropologists know or think about religion, how they have studied it, and how they have interpreted or explained it since the late nineteenth century. Robert Winzeler's balanced consideration of classic topics, basic concepts, and new developments in the anthropological study of religion moves beyond cultural anthropology and ethnography to gather information from physical anthropology, prehistory, and archaeology. Written as a sophisticated but accessible treatment of the issues, Anthropology and Religion is a key text for upper-division courses.

Anthropology and Religion What We Know, Think, and Question Press Reviews

This is an excellent review of the vast body of research anthropologists have done on religion around the world and through the history of our species. Winzeler discusses and critiques the underlying assumptions and theoretical orientations as well as the empirical findings of a number of anthropologists. The book is clear that these are not just matters of long ago and far away but pertain to the contemporary world of today's news. This is an excellent book for courses on the anthropology of religion as well as for people who want to know what anthropologists have to say on the topic. In many years of teaching courses on the anthropology of religion, I have found no book to match it for comprehensive coverage. -- E. Paul Durrenberger, Pennsylvania State University

Book Information

ISBN: 9780759121898
Publication date: 12th April 2012
Author: Robert L. Winzeler
Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 338 pages
Categories: Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Religion: general,

About Robert L. Winzeler

Robert L. Winzeler is professor emeritus of anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno.

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