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Knowledges : Culture, Counterculture, Subculture - Peter Worsley


Culture, Counterculture, Subculture

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9781565845558
Number Of Pages: 416

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Now in paperback, a sweeping look at "primitive belief" versus "scientific knowledge," by the author of the renowned The Trumpet Shall Sound. Called "a classic study" by Booklist, this engaging inquiry into the nature of knowledge shows that "Western science" and "primitive beliefs" may not be so far apart as they seem. Renowned anthropologist and sociologist Peter Worsley begins Knowledges with his ongoing investigation of Australian aboriginal approaches to science and the natural world, and goes on to shatter conventional distinctions between science and culture, knowledge and belief. On the way, Worsley treats us to a lively and accessible examination of pre-European navigation of the Pacific, Western medicine, sub- and countercultures, nationalism, religion, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the iconology of Disneyland.

List of Figures
Introductionp. 1
Green Knowledge: The Living Environment of an Australian Tribep. 17
Life before the White Manp. 17
Classifying Peoplep. 29
Food Classificationp. 51
Western Food Classification: From Cooking to Cuisinep. 57
Aboriginal Biological Classificationp. 66
The Emergence of Western Sciencep. 73
Nature: Biological versus Popular Knowledgep. 78
Nature Transformedp. 83
Popular Classification Todayp. 90
Linguistic Classification: Words and Numbersp. 96
English as a Foreign Languagep. 107
Totemic Classificationp. 110
Over-integrated Anthropology: Durkheim and Levi-Straussp. 119
Finding the Way: Navigating the Pacificp. 125
The Canoesp. 130
Direction: Star Compassesp. 133
Distance: The Moving Islandsp. 137
Other Sea-lorep. 138
Learningp. 142
The First Explorationsp. 147
Over-integrated Psychology: Piaget and Hallpikep. 157
Scientific Knowledge and Popular Knowledgep. 164
Sickness as a Way of Lifep. 169
Kongo Medicine: The Quest for Therapyp. 171
The Emergence of Biomedicinep. 184
Alternatives to Biomedicinep. 204
Mind, Body and Societyp. 233
Remembering the Past, Interpreting the Present, Imagining the Futurep. 241
African Genesisp. 241
The Limits of the Supernatural: Irreligion in an Age of Faithp. 247
Religion in the Modern Statep. 253
The Intellectualsp. 255
Antonio Gramsci: Culture and Counterculturep. 264
Theories of Nationalismp. 268
Nationalism: Hegemony and Counterculturep. 273
Nationalism as Hegemonyp. 286
Nationalism as Counterculturep. 295
Unwrapping Christmasp. 313
The World According to Disneyp. 321
An Absence of Culturep. 340
From Ghetto to Subculturep. 340
Global Village, Global Culture?p. 349
Notesp. 359
Referencesp. 369
Indexp. 397
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ISBN: 9781565845558
ISBN-10: 1565845552
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 14.71  x 3.07
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1