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The Power of Animals: An Ethnography / Edition 1
     

The Power of Animals: An Ethnography / Edition 1

by Brian Morris, B. Morris
 

ISBN-10: 1859732208

ISBN-13: 9781859732205

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

The multiple ways in which people relate to animals provide a revealing window through which to examine a culture. Western cultures tend to view animals either as pets or food, and often overlook the vast number of roles that they may play within a culture and in social life more generally: their use in medicine, folk traditions and rituals. This comprehensive

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The multiple ways in which people relate to animals provide a revealing window through which to examine a culture. Western cultures tend to view animals either as pets or food, and often overlook the vast number of roles that they may play within a culture and in social life more generally: their use in medicine, folk traditions and rituals. This comprehensive and very readable study focuses on Malawi people and their rich and varied relationship with animals -- from hunting through to their use as medicine. More broadly, through a rigorous and detailed study the author provides insights which show how the people's relationship to their world manifests itself not strictly in social relations, but just as tellingly in their relatioships with animals -- that, in fact, animals constitute a vital role in social relations. While significantly advancing classic African ethnographic studies, this book also incorporates current debates in a wide range of disciplines -- from anthropology through to gender studies and ecology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859732205
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
930,088
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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