In Search of the Sacred Paperback

Anthropology and the Study of Religions

by Clinton Bennett;

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In Search of the Sacred

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This book traces the birth and development of two related but distinct disciplines, anthropology and the study of religions. It begins by locating these within the intellectual climate of the nineteenth century, and within this historical framwork goes on to discuss the contributions of such significant scholars as James George Frazer, F. Max Muller, Emile Durkheim, Mary Douglas and Clifford Geertz. The author argues that both anthropologists and students of religion have abandoned an impersonal, so-called 'objective'approach in favour of personal engagement with their subjects, replacing observation with conversation, monologue with dialogue and text-based wiwith a people-based approach. The book reveals how each discipline has influenced the other, both in terms of methodology and by the provision of data. It also explores the criticism levelled at both disciplines, that they have aided colonial domination of the developing world.

In Search of the Sacred by Clinton Bennett was published by Continuum in January 1996. The ISBN for In Search of the Sacred is 9780304336821.

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Details for In Search of the Sacred

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherContinuum (January 1996)
Number of Pages228
Thickness12 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code3950761
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