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A General Theory of Magic : Routledge Classics - Marcel Mauss

A General Theory of Magic

Routledge Classics

Paperback Published: 18th May 2001
ISBN: 9780415253963
Number Of Pages: 192

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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 Levi-Strauss called, in an introduction to that edition, the astonishing modernity of the mind of one of the century's greatest thinkers. The book offers a fascinating snapshot of magic throughout various cultures as well as deep sociological and religious insights still very much relevant today. At a period when art, magic and science appear to be crossing paths once again, "A General Theory of Magic" presents itself as a classic for our times.

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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 Levi-Strauss

Forewordp. 1
Prologuep. 9
Sources and Historical Backgroundp. 14
A Definition of Magicp. 22
The Elements of Magicp. 31
An Analysis and Explanation of Magicp. 112
Conclusionp. 174
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780415253963
ISBN-10: 0415253969
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 18th May 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition