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Anthropology of the Self: The Individual in Cultural Perspective (Anthropology, Culture and Society)by Brian Morris
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This book looks at the 'self' in Western, Asian and African societies passing though Greek philosophy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confuscism, Tao and African philosophy and ending with contemporary feminism. Scholarly and written in a lucid style, free of jargon, this work is written from an anthropological perspective with an interdisciplinary approach. Morris emphasises the varying conceptions of the self found cross-culturally and contrasts these with the conceptions found in the Western intellectual traditions.
An exploration of the origins, doctrines and conceptions of the self in Western, Asian and African societies, ranging through Greek philosophy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confuscism, Tao and African philosophy, and ending with contemporary feminism. The book is written from an anthropological perspective.
Accessibly written for students, this work emphasises the varying conceptions of the self found cross-culturally and contrasts these with the conceptions found in the Western intellectual traditions.
About the Author
Brian Morris is the author of several books on anthropology and natural history including Anthropological Studies of Religion (Cambridge University Press, 1987) and Western Conceptions of the Individual (Berg 1991). He teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
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