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Published: 10 February 2005

408 Pages | 27 halftones

ISBN: 9780199263349

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The Ceremonial Animal

A New Portrait of Anthropology

Wendy James
Foreword by Michael Lambek

Adapting Wittgenstein's concept of the human species as 'a ceremonial animal', Wendy James discusses in a readable and lively style the conceptual ordering of space, time, and rhythm; the mutualities of language, consciousness, ritual and religious practice; the dialectics of gender and generation; power, war, and peace; and large-scale modern social formations such as the city and the nation. The Foreword is by Michael J. Lambek, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto.