The Anthropology of Evil

Author:   David Parkin
Publisher:   John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Edition:   New edition
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9780631154327


Pages:   288
Publication Date:   29 January 1987
Format:   Paperback
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Evil may be said to be shadowy, mysterious, covert, and associated with night, darkness, secrecy. It is a force acting to destroy the integrity, happiness and welfare of 'normal' society. It is at once the cause and the explanation of misfortune, of the wretchedness of human existence, and of our own individual wrongdoing. That, at any rate, is substantially the western Christianity (and pre-Christian) view. Yet the different societies have opted for very different sets of explanations, which have themselves evolved in radically contrasting ways. There are societies, for example, in which there is no concept of evil. The Anthropology of Evil discusses the problem in the context of different societies and religions- Christian , Confucian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim for example. It also provides unusual perspectives on questions such as the nature of innocence, the root of evil, the notion of individual malevolence and even whether God is evil. Much has bee written on evil, notably by historians, theologians and philosophers but very little by anthropologists: this book shows how distinctive and revealing their contribution can be.

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Author:   David Parkin
Publisher:   John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Imprint:   Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 22.80cm
Weight:   0.438kg
ISBN:  

9780631154327


ISBN 10:   0631154329
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   29 January 1987
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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David Parkin is Emeritus Professor at Oxford University and Honorary Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has carried out a number of years' fieldwork among different peoples and in different ecologies: the Luo of western Kenya, the Giriama of eastern Kenya, and Swahili-speakers in Zanzibar and Mombasa on Islam, cultural politics, healing?and?cross-cultural semantics. Parkin is former chairman of the International African Institute and of the Association of Social Anthropologists, elected fellow of the British Academy, and since 2009 has been research professor at the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany, focusing on medical and sociolinguistic processes of diversification.

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