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TitleFrom anthropology to social theory : Rethinking the social sciences / Arpad Szakolczai, University College Cork, Ireland, Bjorn Thomassen, Roskilde Universitet, Denmark
ImprintCambridge, United Kingdom ; NewYork, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019
Descript v, 289 pages ; 23 cm


Presenting a ground-breaking revitalization of contemporary social theory, this book revisits the rise of the modern world to reopen the dialogue between anthropology and sociology. Using concepts developed by a series of 'maverick' anthropologists who were systematically marginalised as their ideas fell outside the standard academic canon, such as Arnold van Gennep, Marcel Mauss, Paul Radin, Lucien Levy-Bruhl and Gregory Bateson, the authors argue that such concepts are necessary for understanding better the rise and dynamics of the modern world, including the development of the social sciences, in particular sociology and anthropology. Concepts discussed include liminality, imitation, schismogenesis and trickster, which provide an anthropological 'toolkit' for readers to develop innovative understandings of the underlying power mechanisms of globalized modernity. Aimed at graduate students and researchers, the book is clearly structured. Part I introduces the 'maverick' anthropologists, while Part II applies the maverick-tool-kit to revisit the history of sociological thought and the question of modernity


Introduction: Rethinking social theory with anthropology -- Part I. Maverick Anthropologists : Arnold van Gennep: Liminal rites and the rhythms of life -- Gabriel Tarde and Rene Girard : Imitation and the foundations of social life -- Marcel Mauss: From sacrifice to gift-giving or revisiting foundations -- Lucien Levy-Bruhl and Colin Turnbull: Participation, experience, and home -- Paul Radin: The trickster -- Gregory Bateson and Johan Huizinga: Schismogenesis and play -- Victor Turner: Liminal experiences as the grounding of social theory -- Part II. Rethinking Modernity and Its Sociology : A reflexive political anthropology of sociology -- A reflexive political anthropology of modernity

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