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A General Theory of Magic (Routledge Classics) Paperback – May 25, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0415253963 ISBN-10: 0415253969 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (May 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415253969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415253963
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 orientalists.' - Claude Lévi-Strauss

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book, first published in 1902-1903, in co-authorship with H. Hubert, is one of the classics of Anthropology. Marcel Mauss, disciple and nephew of great French sociologist Emile Durkheim, strongly influenced generations of anthropologists, including Claude Lévi-Strauss. The book stablished a new pattern for understanding the magical and religious phenomena. Unfortunaly, the two previous reviewrs seems to have looking for something very different. It is not a how-to-do book, it is for people interested in the Social Sciences.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mick Bysshe on July 10, 2008
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I first heard of Marcel Mauss while reading Daniel O'Keefe's *Stolen Lightning* and knew I wanted to learn more on Mauss, who is not that well known here in the United States.

Mauss mentions sympathetic magic as being part of many cultures as does O'Keefe. Mauss might have been interested in Jung's concept of synchronicity as a form of sympathetic magic or even the concept of apophenia if he had lived when the word was created in the late 1950s.

This book does not explain how magic works. Those looking for a how-to will be disappointed as another reviewer has pointed out.
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4 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Brian Cheong on October 24, 2002
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After reading this book, I still haven't got a clue what magic is about. This one goes to the trash bin.
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2 of 62 people found the following review helpful By "computer_maniac" on November 7, 2002
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Seems to be excellent academic writing from someone who doesn't know about real magic.
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