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"Two enterprises have proceeded in anthropology since ts earliest days. One, objective in its aspirations and inspired by biological disciplines, seeks explanation and is concerned to discover laws and causes. The other, subjective in its orientation and influenced by philosophy, linguistics, and the humatities, attempts interpretation and seeks to elucidate meanings. I ta ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 3rd 1993 by North Atlantic Books (first published 1979)
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Although Rappapport does not offer a general theory of religion in this book, I think anyone interested in religious studies could benefit from reading his essays. Dating from 1979, Rappaport obviously does not use current evolutionary approaches to culture. But that does not mean that his treatment of e.g. function and meaning of ritual, and how both relate to each other does not offer insights that can trigger your own thinking about religion and culture in general, on the contrary!
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Roy Abraham ‘Skip’ Rappaport (Nueva York 1926,–1997) fue un antropólogo estadounidense, conocido por sus contribuciones a los estudios del ritual y al desarrollo de la teoría en Antropología Ecológica.
Rappaport recibió su doctorado en la Universidad de Columbia y luego presidió la cátedra de Antropología en la Universidad de Michigan. Fue presidente de la Asociación Americana de Antropología (AAA)
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