Death and the Regeneration of Life by Maurice Bloch
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Death and the Regeneration of Life
By Maurice Bloch

Death and the Regeneration of Life

Edited by See other recent books by Maurice Bloch See other recent books by Jonathan Parry
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $110.00
Your Price: $99.00 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $11.00! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $4.95 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



Death and the Regeneration of Life by Maurice Bloch

Book Description

It is a classical anthropological paradox that symbols of rebirth and fertility are frequently found in funerary rituals throughout the world. The original essays collected here re-examine this phenomenon through insights from China, India, New Guinea, Latin America, and Africa. The contributors, each a specialist in one of these areas, have worked in close collaboration to produce a genuinely innovative theoretical approach to the study of the symbolism surrounding death, an outline of which is provided in an important introduction by the editors. The major concern of the volume is the way in which funerary rituals dramatically transform the image of life as a dialectic flux involving exchange and transaction, marriage and procreation, into an image of a still, transcendental order in which oppositions such as those between self and other, wife-giver and wife-taker, Brahmin and untouchable, birth and therefore death have been abolished. This transformation often involves a general devaluation of biology, and, particularly, of sexuality, which is contrasted with a more spiritual and controlled source of life. The role of women, who are frequently associated with biological processes, mourning and death pollution, is often predominant in funerary rituals, and in examining this book makes a further contribution to the understanding of the symbolism of gender. The death rituals and the symbolism of rebirth are also analysed in the context of the political processes of the different societies considered, and it is argued that social order and political organisation may be legitimated through an exploitation of the emotions and biology.

Buy Death and the Regeneration of Life book by Maurice Bloch from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780521270373
ISBN-10: 0521270375
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Dec-1982
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...


Books By Author Maurice Bloch

In and Out of Each Other's Bodies by Maurice Bloch In and Out of Each Other's Bodies, Paperback (October 2013)

Fascinating and deep exploration into the nature of the social. How humans relate to each other psychologically, symbolically and culturally.

In and Out of Each Others' Bodies by Maurice Bloch In and Out of Each Others' Bodies, Hardback (June 2012)

Fascinating and deep exploration into the nature of the social. How humans relate to each other psychologically, symbolically and culturally.

Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge by Maurice Bloch Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge, Hardback (June 2012)

One of the world's most distinguished anthropologists proposes that cognitive science enriches, rather than threatens, the work of social scientists.

Essays on Cultural Transmission by Maurice Bloch Essays on Cultural Transmission, Paperback (July 2005)

This book brings together recent work by Maurice Bloch which explores the highly controversial territory between the cognitive and social sciences. The essays are of broad, theoretical interest and aim to combine naturalistic approaches to cognition with a recognition and respect for the cultural and historical specificity of ethnography.

» View all books by Maurice Bloch

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Death and the Regeneration of Life book by Maurice Bloch and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Maurice Bloch close
In and Out of Each Other's Bodies by Maurice Bloch
In and Out of Each Others' Bodies by Maurice Bloch
Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge by Maurice Bloch
Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge by Maurice Bloch
Essays on Cultural Transmission by Maurice Bloch
Essays on Cultural Transmission by Maurice Bloch
Prey into Hunter by Maurice Bloch
Prey into Hunter by Maurice Bloch
Money and the Morality of Exchange by Maurice Bloch
Money and the Morality of Exchange by Maurice Bloch
Ritual History and Power by Maurice Bloch
Ritual, History and Power by Maurice Bloch
From Blessing to Violence by Maurice Bloch
»
Recent books by Jonathan Parry close
Industrial Work and Life by Jonathan Parry
Politics of Patriotism by Jonathan Parry
Questions of Anthropology by Jonathan Parry
Questions of Anthropology by Jonathan Parry
Politics of Patriotism by Jonathan Parry
Rise and Fall of Liberal Government in Victorian Britain by Jonathan Parry
Money and the Morality of Exchange by Jonathan Parry
Money and the Morality of Exchange by Jonathan Parry
Death and the Regeneration of Life by Jonathan Parry
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close