Ecology and the Sacred: Engaging the Anthropology of Roy A. Rappaport

Ecology and the Sacred: Engaging the Anthropology of Roy A. Rappaport

by Ellen Messer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472111701

ISBN-13: 9780472111701

Pub. Date: 05/22/2001

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Ecology and the Sacred commemorates and advances the anthropology of Roy A. (Skip) Rappaport. Rappaport was an original and visionary thinker whose writings, like these essays, encompass ecological theory and method; ritual, the sacred, and the cybernetics of the holy; the structural study of social maladaptation or "the anthropology of trouble"; and a…  See more details below

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Ecology and the Sacred commemorates and advances the anthropology of Roy A. (Skip) Rappaport. Rappaport was an original and visionary thinker whose writings, like these essays, encompass ecological theory and method; ritual, the sacred, and the cybernetics of the holy; the structural study of social maladaptation or "the anthropology of trouble"; and a policy-engaged anthropology that addresses social complexity and structural disorders in modern contexts. The contributors, who are leaders in anthropological studies of the environment and of religion, address themes emerging from Rappaport's pioneering ethnography of Papua New Guinea through his engagement with contemporary social problems. In addition to presenting significant new ethnographic data and sharp critical perspectives, the collection demonstrates the essential holism of anthropology as represented by Rappaport's contributions and legacy.

At a time when anthropology is fractured by debates over whether it is a science or a humanistic tradition, theoretical or applied, this festschrift testifies that a unified anthropology is both possible and necessary for the understanding of humanity and global transformations. The volume will be of interest not only to anthropologists, but to geographers, sociologists, scholars in science-studies, historians, and experts and practitioners in religious studies, as well.

Ellen Messer is Visiting Associate Professor, Tufts University. Michael Lambek is Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472111701
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
05/22/2001
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Thinking and Engaging the Whole: The Anthropology of Roy A. Rappaport1
Bibliography of the Works of Roy A. Rappaport39
Kicking Off the Kaiko: Instability, Opportunism, and Crisis in Ecological Anthropology49
Human Ecology from Space: Ecological Anthropology Engages the Study of Global Environmental Change64
Ecological Embeddedness and Personhood: Have We Always Been Capitalists?88
Considering the Power and Potential of the Anthropology of Trouble99
Teens and Troubles in the New World Order122
The Life and Death of Ritual: Reflections on Some Ethnographic and Historical Phenomena in the Light of Roy Rappaport's Analysis of Ritual145
New Ways in Death and Dying: Transformation of Body and Text in Late Modern American Judaism. A Kaddish for Roy "Skip" Rappaport170
Monolith or the Tower of Babel? Ultimate Sacred Postulates at Work in Conservative Christian Schools193
Belief Beheld - Inside and Outside, Insider and Outsider in the Anthropology of Religion207
Notes for a Cybernetics of the Holy227
Rappaport on Religion: A Social Anthropological Reading244
Rappaport's Maring: The Challenge of Ethnography277
Reflections on Pigs for the Ancestors291
Averting the Bush Fire Day: Ain's Cult Revisited300
Reading Exchange in Melanesia: Theory and Ethnography in the Context of Encompassment324
List of Contributors353
Index357

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