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Anthony D. Buckley

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in Castleford, Yorkshire, England, The United Kingdom


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I'm an anthropologist, employed until recently at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, Co Down in Northern Ireland. My interests include the Catholic-Protestant divide, ethnicity, religion, Freemasonry, the Orange Order, friendly societies and latterly sport. My doctoral thesis, a study of the traditional medicine and religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, became a prizewinning book. I am still writing, and have an honorary research fellowship in Anthropology at the Queen's University of Belfast. I am an atheist but my life proves I am obsessed with religion.

Average rating: 3.94 · 16 ratings · 3 reviews · 8 distinct works
Yoruba Medicine

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Brotherhoods in Ireland

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Negotiating Identity: Rheto...

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Collecting Oral History

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Yoruba Medicines

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Religion and the Decline of Magic by Keith Thomas
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Keith Thomas’s justly acclaimed book tells of the decline of medieval styles of religion and magic and of the rise of secular thought. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, he shows a shift in emphasis between two different ways of dealing ...more
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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
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This is a carefully written book on the topic of inequality in the new century. The book's title contains the echo of Karl Marx’s magnum opus which it approaches with critical deference. Like Marx’s book, it does not rise to great heights of polemic. ...more
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
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The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
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