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Introduction: initial observations

Introduction: initial observations  

Owen Davies

in Magic: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777929
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588022.003.0001
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9780199588022
What does magic mean to scholars, non-scholars, scientists, writers, primitive societies, and modern cultures? ‘Introduction: initial observations’ asks How do you define magic? The Ancient ... More
3. Given or constructed? Identity in cultural anthropology

3. Given or constructed? Identity in cultural anthropology  

Florian Coulmas

in Identity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
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9780191867033
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828549.003.0003
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9780198828549
‘Who are we?’ is just as tricky a question as ‘Who am I?’ Humanity is one, but at the same time divided into multiple groups. Humans exhibit many variations, notably race, language, and ... More
9. Stimuli and responses: seeing and feeling ideology

9. Stimuli and responses: seeing and feeling ideology  

Michael Freeden

in Ideology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775673
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802811.003.0009
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9780192802811
Ideology has been dealt with as it is found in written and spoken languages but in ‘Stimuli and responses: seeing and feeling ideologies’ three further themes are introduced. Firstly, ... More
7. A Drought in Bima: People and Their Gods

7. A Drought in Bima: People and Their Gods  

John Monaghan and Peter Just

in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776335
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853462.003.0008
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9780192853462
‘Drought in Bima’ uses the differing responses of the Dou Donggo and Bimanese to the drought crisis on Sumbawa in 1982 to illustrate the complex interplay between religion and society. ... More
2. Organizational governance

2. Organizational governance  

Mark Bevir

in Governance: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778209
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10.1093/actrade/9780199606412.003.0002
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9780199606412
How have organization theories influenced reform of the governance of corporations, public bodies, and global affairs? ‘Organizational governance’ explains how organization theory typically ... More
5. System-related explanations

5. System-related explanations  

Leslie Holmes

in Corruption: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191785214
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10.1093/actrade/9780199689699.003.0005
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9780199689699
Explanations of corruption that focus just on the individual are incomplete; we are all subject to and conditioned by the context in which we live and work. ‘System-related explanations’ ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Simon Yarrow

in Saints: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2018
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Sep 2018
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9780191781308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199676514.003.0001
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9780199676514
Saints are persons who by various means have demonstrated such worth in their lifetimes as to posthumously merit the company of God. The saint is a ‘holy one’, someone whose exemplary and ... More
MagicA Very Short Introduction

Magic: A Very Short Introduction  

Owen Davies

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777929
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588022.001.0001
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9780199588022
Magic: A Very Short Introduction describes the many manifestations of magic — the supernatural, superstition, simple illusions, religious miracles, and fantasies of the ... More
6. ‘Your station in life’social identities in our time

6. ‘Your station in life’: social identities in our time  

Florian Coulmas

in Identity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
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9780191867033
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828549.003.0006
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9780198828549
Social identity is to do with membership in groups that are horizontally and vertically structured, internally and in relation to each other. Taken together these groupings constitute a ... More
4. Living the puritan life

4. Living the puritan life  

Francis J. Bremer

in Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780199365630
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195334555.003.0004
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9780195334555
‘Living the puritan life’ asks: What did it mean for a puritan to live a godly life? How was sinfulness defined? Did puritanism make individuals joyless and repressed as the popular ... More
Work: A Very Short Introduction

Work: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Fineman

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778452
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10.1093/actrade/9780199699360.001.0001
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9780199699360
Work: A Very Short Introduction tells the story of work — how we strive for security, reward, and often, meaning. The image of a job captures our imagination from an early age, ... More
1. Why work?

1. Why work?  

Stephen Fineman

in Work: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778452
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10.1093/actrade/9780199699360.003.0001
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9780199699360
We can look at the concept of work in broad terms. We all work. Unravelling the reasons why we work has long challenged philosophers and social scientists. On one level, the concept of what ... More
6. Emotion at work

6. Emotion at work  

Stephen Fineman

in Work: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778452
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10.1093/actrade/9780199699360.003.0006
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9780199699360
It might seem strange to connect work with emotions if we think of the traditional bureaucrat. However emotions can be seen as an indelible feature of working life, shaping and lubricating ... More
3. A Brief Encounter: Society

3. A Brief Encounter: Society  

John Monaghan and Peter Just

in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776335
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853462.003.0004
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9780192853462
‘A Brief Encounter’ considers ‘society’. The organized nature of social life became the principal focus of British social anthropologists between the 1920s and 1950s. Employing the concept ... More
3. The secularization of superstition

3. The secularization of superstition  

Stuart Vyse

in Superstition: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780191859854
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10.1093/actrade/9780198819257.003.0003
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9780198819257
The five centuries beginning with the 14th and ending with the 18th took European history from the Middle Ages, through the Enlightenment, and into the first two centuries of the scientific ... More
Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction  

John Monaghan and Peter Just

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776335
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853462.001.0001
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9780192853462
What is unique about human beings? How are groups of people formed and what holds them together? What is the nature of belief, economic exchange, the self? Social and Cultural Anthropology: ... More
3. Membership and belonging

3. Membership and belonging  

Richard Bellamy

in Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191775604
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802538.003.0003
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9780192802538
Citizenship involves a sense of belonging to a given political community. Does this link with membership render citizenship ‘exclusive’? This notion has become increasingly controversial of ... More
5. Liberal luminaries

5. Liberal luminaries  

Michael Freeden

in Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2015
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Jun 2015
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9780191783258
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10.1093/actrade/9780199670437.003.0005
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9780199670437
‘The liberal canon’ explores the views of some major thinkers and philosophers who shaped and refined liberal thinking since the early 19th century, when liberalism emerged as a distinct ... More
1. Then and now

1. Then and now  

Robert C. Allen

in The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191785450
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10.1093/actrade/9780198706786.003.0001
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9780198706786
‘Industrial Revolution’ refers to the far reaching transformation of British society that occurred between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries. The Industrial Revolution saw great progress, ... More
The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert C. Allen

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191785450
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198706786.001.0001
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book
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9780198706786
The Industrial Revolution was a pivotal point in British history that occurred between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, and led to far reaching transformations of society. The ... More

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