Anthropology of the Self: The Individual in Cultural Perspective

Anthropology of the Self: The Individual in Cultural Perspective

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by Brian Morris
     
 

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'The author demonstrates an impressive command of a wide range of literature' American Ethnologist

Western society is individualised; we feel at ease talking about individuals and we study individual behaviour through psychology and psychoanalysis. Yet anthropology teaches us that an individual approach is only one of many ways of looking at ourselves.… See more details below

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'The author demonstrates an impressive command of a wide range of literature' American Ethnologist

Western society is individualised; we feel at ease talking about individuals and we study individual behaviour through psychology and psychoanalysis. Yet anthropology teaches us that an individual approach is only one of many ways of looking at ourselves.

In this wide-ranging text Morris explores the origins, doctrines and conceptions of the self in Western, Asian and African societies passing though Greek philosophy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confuscism, Tao and African philosophy and ending with contemporary feminism.

Scholarly and written in a lucid style, free of jargon, this work is written from an anthropological perspective with an interdisciplinary approach. Morris emphasises the varying conceptions of the self found cross-culturally and contrasts these with the conceptions found in the Western intellectual traditions.

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ISBN-13:
9781783715244
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
03/13/2015
Series:
Anthropology, Culture and Society
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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