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A general theory of magic

Author: Marcel Mauss; Robert Brain; David Francis Pocock
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
Series: Routledge classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marcel Mauss; Robert Brain; David Francis Pocock
ISBN: 0415255503 9780415255509 0415253969 9780415253963 9780203996140 0203996143
OCLC Number: 46651064
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: "First published, in collaboration with Henri Hubert, in Anné sociologique, 1902. This translation is based on the edition published in Sociologie et anthropologie, 1950 . . . English translation by Robert Brain, first published in 1972 by Routledge and Kegan Paul." -- Title page verso
Description: vi, 183 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. Sources and Historical Background ---
2. A Definition of Magic ---
3. The Elements of Magic ---
4. An Analysis and Explanation of Magic ---
Conclusion.
Series Title: Routledge classics.
Responsibility: Marcel Mauss ; translated by Robert Brain with a foreword by D.F. Pocock.
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Offers a fascinating snapshot of magic throughout various cultures as well as deep sociological and religious insights still very much relevant today.  Read more...

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'It is enough to recall that Mauss' influence is not limited to ethnographers, none of whom could claim to have escaped it, but extends also to linguists, psychologists, historians or religion and Read more...

 
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