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 Acquiring and Protecting Unreasonable Beliefs

Solomon Schimmel

in The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195188264
eISBN:
9780199870509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188264.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines how people acquire religious beliefs and protect them even when they are irrational. It integrates insights from psychology (Festinger on cognitive dissonance; Hinde on the ... More


Introduction

Robert W. Blunt

in For Money and Elders: Ritual, Sovereignty, and the Sacred in Kenya

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226655611
eISBN:
9780226655895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226655895.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

The introduction seeks to add to, but also move beyond more sociological analyses of elder authority by reviewing classic works on the eldership complex through the category of sovereignty. The work ... More


The Anthropological Lens: Rethinking E. E. Evans-Pritchard

Christopher Morton

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198812913
eISBN:
9780191850707
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812913.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture, Sociology of Religion

Sir Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard (1902-1973) is widely considered the most influential British anthropologist of the twentieth century, known to generations of students for his seminal works on South ... More


Encounters with the Huli: Fieldwork at Tari in the 1950s

Terence E. Hays

in Ethnographic Presents: Pioneering Anthropologists in the Papua New Guinea Highlands

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520077454
eISBN:
9780520912342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520077454.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Men liked to conceive of themselves as birds: free, sovereign, and flighty, ready to defend their own territories and also to soar skyward to the realm of Ni, the sun deity and progenitor of all the ... More


Chorus, Song, and Anthropology

Ian Rutherford

in Choruses, Ancient and Modern

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199670574
eISBN:
9780191759086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In ‘Chorus, Song, and Anthropology’, Ian Rutherford presents an overview of the relationship between anthropological writings about dance and the use made of these by classicists.  The chapter has ... More


An Earthly Anchorage: Graves and the Grounding of Belonging

Parker Shipton

in Mortgaging the Ancestors: Ideologies of Attachment in Africa

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300116021
eISBN:
9780300152746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300116021.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

This chapter explores the historical background surrounding the origins and evolution of human society within the context of Africa. The earliest, most sparsely settled human societies, for example, ... More


Viscerality, Faith, and Skepticism: Another Theory of Magic

in Walter Benjamin's Grave

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226790039
eISBN:
9780226790008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226790008.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter draws attention to the spectacular display of magical feats and tricks, and wonders about their relationship to the serious business of killing and healing people. This combination of ... More


The Cognitive Science of Religion from an Anthropological Perspective

Timothy Jenkins

in Evolution, Religion, and Cognitive Science: Critical and Constructive Essays

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199688081
eISBN:
9780191767722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688081.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Religion and Society

Cognitive science places the mind inside the head, while anthropology places it outside, in the social environment of people, institutions, and events. Although it has not frequently been recognized ... More


E. E. Evans-Pritchard

Timothy Larsen

in The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199657872
eISBN:
9780191785573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657872.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

E. E. Evans-Pritchard (1902–1973) was the leading anthropologist at the University of Oxford in the mid-twentieth century and the greatest British anthropologist of his generation. He obtained his ... More


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