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Born on April 15: Durkheim, the ‘founding father’ of sociology

“Social man…is the masterpiece of existence.” ― Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) David Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. Along with Karl Marx and Max Weber, he formally established the academic discipline and and is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of […]

Who is María Lionza?

By Roger Canals, lecturer in the department of social anthropology at the University of Barcelona. The book A Goddess in Motion: Visual Creativity in the Cult of María Lionza finds its origins in my vivid interest in Afro-Latin American religions, art and visual anthropology. I understand the latter in a broad sense, that is, as […]

Anthropological Knowledge Making, the Reflexive Feedback Loop, and Conceptualizations of the Soul

The following is a guest post from Katherine Swancutt, who co-edited Animism beyond the Soul: Ontology, Reflexivity, and the Making of Anthropological Knowledge. This title is now available in hardback and paperback, and we’re offering 25% off this book with code SWA663 until June 30, 2018.

Marcel Mauss: Between Sociology and Anthropology

Marcel Mauss, (born May 10, 1872—died Feb. 10, 1950), nephew of Émile Durkheim, French sociologist and anthropologist whose contributions include a highly original comparative study of the relation between forms of exchange and social structure. His views on the theory and method of ethnology are thought to have influenced many eminent social scientists. Learn more about […]

Simulated Shelves: Browse April 2016 New Books

We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, History, Medical Anthropology, Museum Studies, and Theory & Methodology in Anthropology, along with our New in Paperback titles. _________________________________________________________________________   Available in Paperback! WITCHES AND DEMONS A Comparative Perspective on Witchcraft and Satanism Jean La Fontaine Volume 10, Studies in Public and […]

Social Situations and the Impact of Things: The Example of Catholic Liturgy

The following is a guest blog post from Torsten Cress, author of the article “Social Situations and the Impact of Things: The Example of Catholic Liturgy” appearing in Nature and Culture Volume 10, Issue 3.   

World Religion Day 2016

World Religion Day is an interfaith observance initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in January each year. Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally.   In keeping with this initiative we are […]

Margaret Chan: Understanding the Chinese Warrior-Defender of Boundaries

This post is the transcript of an electronic interview between D. S. Farrer and Margaret Chan. Farrer is the special issue editor for Social Analysis Volume 58, Issue 1, and Chan is the author of the article “Tangki War Magic The Virtuality of Spirit Warfare and the Actuality of Peace,” appearing in that issue. Below, Chan answers a series of […]

How does violence relate to belief?

This post is the transcript of an electronic interview between D. S. Farrer and Iain Sinclair. Farrer is the special issue editor for Social Analysis Volume 58, Issue 1, and Sinclair is the author of the article War Magic and Just War in Indian Tantric Buddhism appearing in that issue. Below, Sinclair answers a series of questions related […]

Author of ‘Jesus Reclaimed’ Earns German Decoration

The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, honoured Rabbi Walter Homolka with the Officers Cross of the Federal Merit Order.   On February 27, 2015, the Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg, Dr. Dietmar Woidke, handed over the insignia in the state chancellery in Potsdam.   Woidke thanked Rabbi Homolka for […]