9780226518688-022651868X-Magic's Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy

Magic's Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy

ISBN-13: 9780226518688
ISBN-10: 022651868X
Edition: 1
Author: Jones, Graham M.
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780226518688
ISBN-10: 022651868X
Edition: 1
Author: Jones, Graham M.
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages

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Acknowledged authors Jones, Graham M. wrote Magic's Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy comprising 240 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 022651868X and 9780226518688. Since then Magic's Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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In Magic’s Reason, Graham M. Jones tells the entwined stories of anthropology and entertainment magic. The two pursuits are not as separate as they may seem at first. As Jones shows, they not only matured around the same time, but they also shared mutually reinforcing stances toward modernity and rationality. It is no historical accident, for example, that colonial ethnographers drew analogies between Western magicians and native ritual performers, who, in their view, hoodwinked gullible people into believing their sleight of hand was divine.

Using French magicians’ engagements with North African ritual performers as a case study, Jones shows how magic became enshrined in anthropological reasoning. Acknowledging the residue of magic’s colonial origins doesn’t require us to dispense with it. Rather, through this radical reassessment of classic anthropological ideas, Magic’s Reason develops a new perspective on the promise and peril of cross-cultural comparison.

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