Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780226518688 Will Publish December 2017
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Magic's Reason

An Anthropology of Analogy

Graham M. Jones

Magic's Reason

Graham M. Jones

240 pages | 25 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780226518688 Will Publish December 2017
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226518541 Will Publish December 2017
E-book $25.00 ISBN: 9780226518718 Will Publish December 2017
In Magic’s Reason, Graham M. Jones tells the entwined stories of anthropology and entertainment magic. The two areas are not as separate as they may at first seem. As Jones shows, the endeavors not only matured around the same time, but they also shared stances towards modernity and rationality that fed into each other. As stage magic established for itself a circumscribed realm of suspension of disbelief, colonial ethnographers drew on the language of that realm in describing native ritual performers as charlatans, hoodwinking gullible people into believing their sleight of hand was divine.
 
Using French magicians' engagements with North African ritual performers as a case study, Jones shows how their concept of magic became enshrined in anthropological practice. Ultimately, Jones argues, anthropologists should not dispense with the concept of magic, but, rather, they should think more sharply about it, acknowledging the residue of its colonial origins. Through this radical reassessment of classic anthropological ideas, Magic’s Reason develops a new perspective on the promise and peril of cross-cultural comparisons.
 
Contents
List of Figures

Introduction: Dangerous Doubles
Chapter 1: The War on Miracles
Chapter 2: Disanalogy
Chapter 3: Conjuring Equivalences
Chapter 4: Counteranalogy
Chapter 5: An Anthropologist among the Spirits
Chapter 6: The Magic of Analogy
Chapter 7: Meta-Analogy, or, Once More with Meaning
Conclusion: Regimes of Enchantment

Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index
 
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