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Culture, Thought, and Social Action

An Anthropological Perspective

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674433748

Publication Date: 09/01/1985

411 pages



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  • Introduction: From the General to the Particular and the Construction of Totalities 1
  • I. Ritual as Thought and Action
    • 1. The Magical Power of Words
    • 2. Form and Meaning of Magical Acts
    • 3. A Thai Cult of Healing through Meditation
    • 4. A Performative Approach to Ritual
  • II. Cosmologies and Classifications as Thought and Action
    • 5. Animals Are Good to Think and Good to Prohibit
    • 6. From Varna to Caste through Mixed Unions
    • 7. The Galactic Polity in Southeast Asia
    • 8. On Flying Witches and Flying Canoes: The Coding of Male and Female Values
    • 9. A Reformulation of Geertz’s Conception of the Theater State
  • Conclusion: An Anthropologist’s Creed
  • References
  • Notes
  • Sources
  • Index

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