Examines religious expression from across-cultural perspective
The Anthropology of Religion, Magic and Witchcraft, 4/e incorporates key theoretical concepts while examining religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective. This concise introductory title emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. In addition to providing a basic overview of anthropology, including definition of key terms and exposure to ethnographies, this book exposes students to the varying complexity of world religions.
The fourth edition continues to maintain a cross-cultural focus. Key features such as maps showing the locations of the societies discussed; classic and recent literature; and key anthropological terms and exposure to ethnographies, truly help students understand the course material!
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Rebecca Stein has been teaching with the Los Angeles Community College District since 1995 at various colleges, as well as at Pasadena City College. She joined the Anthropology faculty at Los Angeles Valley College in 2000. Ms. Stein received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a National Merit Scholarship. Her work has been focused in cultural and psychological anthropology, specifically concerned with child-rearing, transmitting values to children, deviance, gender and religion. She also has an interest in human biological evolution, particularly in the fields of genetics and the new field of Darwinian Psychology.
Philip L. Stein is a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropological and Geographical Sciences at Los Angeles Pierce College. He has also taught at East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, and California State University, Northridge. He received his BA in Zoology and MA in Anthropology from UCLA.
Professor Stein is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a past president of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, National Center for Science Education, and the Southwestern Anthropological Association.
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