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This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized. The text examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporatin This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized. The text examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporating key theoretical concepts. In addition to providing a basic overview of anthropology, including definition of key terms and exposure to ethnographies, the text exposes students to the varying complexity of world religions.


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This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized. The text examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporatin This concise introductory textbook emphasizes the major concepts of both anthropology and the anthropology of religion. It is aimed at students encountering anthropology for the first time. Reviewers describe the text as vivid, rich, user-friendly, accessible, and well-organized. The text examines religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective while incorporating key theoretical concepts. In addition to providing a basic overview of anthropology, including definition of key terms and exposure to ethnographies, the text exposes students to the varying complexity of world religions.

30 review for The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

    This book teaches you about the very many religions out in the world and the principles that define religion. While the text can be card to understand sometimes, if you have the right teacher for it (and i was very lucky to have the right one) it's a very enjoyable class. This books also talks about how some people take religion too far and how they are not the norm. Which i believe is a great topic to discuss especially because of the current events taking place now. This book teaches you about the very many religions out in the world and the principles that define religion. While the text can be card to understand sometimes, if you have the right teacher for it (and i was very lucky to have the right one) it's a very enjoyable class. This books also talks about how some people take religion too far and how they are not the norm. Which i believe is a great topic to discuss especially because of the current events taking place now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Oswald

    It was easy to read, for a text book. This is a text book right 😂

  3. 4 out of 5

    Larry McCloskey

    As a textbook, this book is great. It offers explorations of many different topics and looks at them all from many differing perspectives and from different cultural groups and culture areas. The depth of some topics is a bit light, but the "easy reading" writing style makes the trade-off worth it. The book is definitely written from a position of cultural relativism, though, which makes discussion a bit lacking at times - culture's beliefs are stated as fact and left alone. For higher level cou As a textbook, this book is great. It offers explorations of many different topics and looks at them all from many differing perspectives and from different cultural groups and culture areas. The depth of some topics is a bit light, but the "easy reading" writing style makes the trade-off worth it. The book is definitely written from a position of cultural relativism, though, which makes discussion a bit lacking at times - culture's beliefs are stated as fact and left alone. For higher level courses, more time spent on understanding the whys and hows would be nice - but, again, this is a textbook so a good instructor could and should certainly fill in those gaps.

  4. 5 out of 5

    mo

    Not super in-depth, but a very approachable textbook for a complex set of subjects.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amylyn

    Contains a lot of interesting material. Elaboration was stingy but variety was definitely not. There were many different types of cultures looked at, traditions acknowledged, and terms defined. There were parts that were hard to get through because of the lack of enthusiasm. It was pretty blunt and lacked passion, but it is a book mainly meant to teach an overview and not meant to really get into the subject matter in a deep and meaningful way. Overall, I enjoyed the knowledge gained.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kiara

    I read this for my World Religion class. I thought it was really good, but a Native American coworker took a look at it and informed me of the bias it presented. It's extremely difficult to find anything without bias these days. That being said, I did enjoy reading it. It was very easy to get through especially for a textbook. I read this for my World Religion class. I thought it was really good, but a Native American coworker took a look at it and informed me of the bias it presented. It's extremely difficult to find anything without bias these days. That being said, I did enjoy reading it. It was very easy to get through especially for a textbook.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Wilson

    This is a textbook we use for a class I teach. The anthropology of religion is a really interesting topic, but this text makes it seem tedious. It’s informative, which is why it gets three stars instead of two. If you’re looking for an Anthropology of Religion text for your class, keep going- there has got to be a better one out there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alesa West

    Needed for anthropology course This book was required but overall it was a good read. Ended up with an A so it was easily read although the course itself was challenging. As long as you enjoy anthropology you will enjoy this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Juan Arboleda

    Great and easy to follow This is a great book of you want to learn and see beliefs, magic, and rituals in a different light. Having used this book for the class gave me a new appreciation the things other cultures do different.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Enjoyed reading this! Very informative.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    The book is fairly basic and easy to read. A good introduction to some concepts and themes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Dehncke

    At times it was very hard to get through, although the little stories and examples sprinkled throughout made it easier to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria Ziegler

    Great book for an intro anthropology class into religion. Covers the basics of what religions are made up of while remaining respectful, with both emic and etic perspectives.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chase Parsley

    Co-authors Stein and Stein write a very good textbook about all concepts associated with religion. I admit to being extremely interested when I read the parts about symbols, withcraft, the dangers of religion, and more. A readable book for anyone interested in religious studies!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Zahra Dhanji

    Insightful :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chantaal

    Getting through this for school. All interesting topics, but it's a little dry in places. Getting through this for school. All interesting topics, but it's a little dry in places.

  19. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    Love this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Annie Walden

    Easy textbook to read, but I liked this mostly with a supplemental course. Otherwise, a bit dry.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    I don't recommend this class..... I don't recommend this class.....

  22. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Pitkin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Medina

  24. 4 out of 5

    Haley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dm Cruzpagan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

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