The Ceremonial Animal: A New Portrait of Anthropology

Paperback | May 12, 2005

byWendy James

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Adapting Wittgenstein's concept of the human species as 'a ceremonial animal', Wendy James writes vividly and readably. Her new overview advocates a clear line of argument: that the concept of social form is a primary key to anthropology and the human sciences as a whole. Weaving memorableethnographic examples into her text, James brings together carefully selected historical sources as well as references to current ideas in neighbouring disciplines such as archaeology, paleoanthropology, genetics, art and material culture, ethnomusicology, urban and development studies, politics,economics, psychology, and religious studies. She shows the relevance of anthropology to pressing world issues such as migration, humanitarian politics, the new reproductive technologies, and religious fundamentalism. Wendy James's engaging style will appeal to specialist and non-specialist alike. The Foreword is written by Michael J. Lambek, Professor of Anthropology, University

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Adapting Wittgenstein's concept of the human species as 'a ceremonial animal', Wendy James writes vividly and readably. Her new overview advocates a clear line of argument: that the concept of social form is a primary key to anthropology and the human sciences as a whole. Weaving memorableethnographic examples into her text, James br...

President, Royal Anthropological Institute, 2001-; Vice-President, British Institute in Eastern Africa, 2001-; appointed Fellow of the British Academy 1999;Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford 1996-; Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:May 12, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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FOREWORDBy Michael J. Lambek, Professor of Anthropology, University of TorontoTHE QUEST FOR PATTERN1. Key Questions in Anthropology2. Dialogues with Grand TheorySHAPE AND RHYTHM IN SOCIAL FORMS3. Species, Space, and Time4. Daughters of the Dance5. On Ritual and Social MemoeyLANGUAGE AND THE MAKING OF PERSONS6. Language and Social Engagement7. The Dialectics of Gender and Generation8. Human Bodies, Social Persons, and SelvesPRACTICE AND POLITICS IN THE CEREMONIAL ARENA9. Place, Home, and Habitus10. Work, Wealth, and Exchange11. Theatres of Power, War, and PeaceLARGE-SCALE MODERN FORMS12. The New Spaces: Cities and Popular Culture13. The Modern Person and 'The Market'14. States, 'Nations', and the Struggles of the PeopleCONCLUDING ESSAY15. Anthropology as a Human Science: Conversations with History and ReligionNotesSelect Bibliography