Chapter 1: Introduction to the Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion

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Chapter 1 Learning Objectives

Chapter 1: Welcome to The Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion

1.2 What is the supernatural?

1.3 What is religion?

1.4 What is magic?

1.5 What is witchcraft?

1.7 A word about our goals as cultural anthropologists

1.8 Anthropology and Holism

1.9 Intersectionality and holism

1.10 Worldview

1.11 Enculturation

1.12 Shifting Gears: Anthropology, History, and Colonialism

1.13 So, what is colonialism?

1.14 What did colonial anthropologists actually do?

1.15 Why do we care about colonialism now?

1.16 Cultural Relativism

1.17 Engaging with cultural relativism: what is a “liberated woman?”

1.18 Participant Observation

1.19 Ethnography

1.20 Emic and Etic Perspectives

1.21 An Example of the Emic and Etic Perspectives: a Morning Meal

1.22 Why Emic and Etic Perspectives Matter

1.23 Remembering “Emic” and “Etic”

1.24 A Final Note on Critical Thinking and Studying Anthropology

Chapter 1 Works Cited

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