Culture and Enchantment
For interpretive disciplines, Schneider suggests, meaning often behaves behaves as mysteriously as the apparitions pursued by centuries ago by natural philosophers. He demonstrates this using two case studies from anthropology: Clifford Geertz's description of Balinese cockfights and Yoruba statuary, and Claude Levi-Strauss's analyses of myths. These provide a basis for actively engaging disputes over the meaning and interpretation of culture.
Culture and Enchantment will appeal to an interdisciplinary audience in anthropology, sociology, history, history and sociology of science, culture studies, and literary theory. Schneider's provocative arguments will make this book a fulcrum in the continuing debate over the nature and prospects of cultural inquiry.
1. The Logic of Enchantment
2. Explanation, Interpretation, and Referential Ecology
3. Culture as a Text?
4. The Mysteries of Myth
5. The Social Bases of Enchantment
6. Culture as Referential Ecology
7. The Future of Enchantment
8. Conclusion: Between Science and Edification