In Search of the Sacred Anthropology and the Study of Religions  -     By: Clinton Bennett
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In Search of the Sacred Anthropology and the Study of Religions

Bloomsbury Academic / 1996 / Paperback

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This book traces the birth and development of two related but distinct disciplines, anthropology and the study of religions. It begins by locating these within the intellectual climate of the nineteenth century, and within this historical framework goes on to discuss the contributions of such significant scholars as James George Frazer, F. Max Muller, and Emile Durkheim. The author argues that both anthropologists and students of religion have abandoned an impersonal, so-called "objective" approach in favour of personal engagement with their subjects. The book reveals how each discipline has influenced the other, both in terms of methodology and by the provision of data. It also explores the criticism levelled at both disciplines, that they have aided colonial domination of the world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 216
Vendor: Bloomsbury Academic
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6 X .50 (inches)
ISBN: 0304336823
ISBN-13: 9780304336821

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This text traces the growth and development of two related disciplines, anthropology and the study of religions. Locating these disciplines within the intellectual climate of the 19th century, the study considers the contributions of scholars such as James George Frazer, F. Max Muller, Emile Durkheim, Mary Douglas and Clifford Geertz, within an historical framework. The author argues that both anthropologists and students of religion have abandoned an objective approach in favour of personal engagement with their subjects, replacing observation with conversation, monologue with dialogue, a text-based with people-based approach. He reveals how each discipline has influenced the other both in terms of methodology and by the provision of data. The book also explores the criticism levelled at both disciplines that they have aided colonial domination of the developing world.

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