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General Theory of Magic / Edition 2
     

General Theory of Magic / Edition 2

by Marcel Mauss, Robert Brain
 

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ISBN-10: 0415253969

ISBN-13: 9780415253963

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

First written by Marcel Mauss and Henri Humbert in 1902, A General Theory of Magic gained a wide new readership when republished by Mauss in 1950. As a study of magic in 'primitive'societies and its survival today in our thoughts and social actions, it represents what Claude Lévi-Strauss called, in an introduction to that edition, the astonishing

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First written by Marcel Mauss and Henri Humbert in 1902, A General Theory of Magic gained a wide new readership when republished by Mauss in 1950. As a study of magic in 'primitive'societies and its survival today in our thoughts and social actions, it represents what Claude Lévi-Strauss called, in an introduction to that edition, the astonishing modernity of the mind of one of the century's greatest thinkers. The book offers a fascinating snapshot of magic throughout various cultures as well as deep sociological and religious insights still very much relevant today. At a period when art, magic and science appear to be crossing paths once again, A General Theory of Magic presents itself as a classic for our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415253963
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,044,782
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue1. Sources and Historical Background
2. A Definition of Magic
3. The Elements of Magic
The Magician
The Actions
Representations
General Observations
4. An Analysis and Explanation of Magic
Belief
5. An Analysis of Ideological Explanations Concerning the Effectiveness of Ritual
Mana
Collective States and Collective Forces
Conclusion
Index

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