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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 27, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052133991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521339919
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Written with urbanity and wit, this book reviews the intellectual and historical contexts in which anthropology became a discipline concerned with the explanation of religion as a human behavior." Religious Studies Review

"Written in an easy and approachable style, Morris's book is a first-rate survey of the social scientific study of religion and is highly recommended." Robert Segal, The Journal of Religion

Book Description

The religious significance of the works of Hegel, Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Freud is clarified to redefine the study of religion pursued by anthropologists. Perceptive accounts of contemporary scholars as well as classical authors are included.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book as a starting point for a larger research project into the anthropological perspective on religion and found it to be a useful and in-depth introduction. This is not a "for beginners" book and Morris does not talk down to the reader. Morris provides a broad overview of important perspectives on religion from sociologists (Marx, Weber, Durkheim), anthropologists (Turner, Levi-Strauss, Malinowski, Douglas), and even covering, although pretty critically, the psychoanalytic interpretations of Freud and Jung. This is a good, comprehensive introduction that gives a general overview and deals with the criticisms of a flaws in the theories covered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1998
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This book is a great textbook for any beginning anthropological student (whether or not you're in school) though it is very dense and tough to get through. First, you get a paragraph or so explaining the background of the person whose theories are being presented. Then you get the basic reactions and opinions of the scholar and their theories, followed by an explanation of the theories themselves. In some cases, you also get other scholars' criticisms and then the original's rebuttals. Morris seems to have a pretty liberal approach to the field, and it is rare to see his biases show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Wiand on May 8, 2006
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I've lost my copy of this book and am willing to buy it again!Having had the great privilege of taking several courses with Professor Morris, I highly, highly recommend this and any other book he's authored. He is an excellent anthropologist with a deep understanding of the concepts he delves into.
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