Shamans and Religion: An Anthropological Exploration in Critical Thinking / Edition 1

Shamans and Religion: An Anthropological Exploration in Critical Thinking / Edition 1

by Alice Beck Kehoe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1577661621

ISBN-13: 9781577661627

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

The word “shaman” has been used throughout the history of anthropology to describe indigenous healers around the world. In this outstanding text, Kehoe argues compellingly that the term is misused when applied to practitioners other than those from Siberia, where the term originated. Applying critical thinking techniques as a way of examining assumptions presented as

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The word “shaman” has been used throughout the history of anthropology to describe indigenous healers around the world. In this outstanding text, Kehoe argues compellingly that the term is misused when applied to practitioners other than those from Siberia, where the term originated. Applying critical thinking techniques as a way of examining assumptions presented as fact, she deconstructs many commonly held notions of what shamanism is and isn’t, closely critiquing widely cited articles and books on the subject. The problems discussed bring up important anthropological questions not limited to the anthropology of religion. How does the ethnographer distance his or her own (usually Western) socialization when describing the empirical reality of a culture? How does the reader of the anthropological literature do the same when analyzing others’ writings? Kehoe maintains that critical thinking, long the fundamental method guiding both academic scholarship and pedagogy, helps answer these questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577661627
Publisher:
Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
1,058,266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 5.00(d)

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