How Can We Explain the Persistence of Irrational Beliefs?: Essays in Social Anthropology

How Can We Explain the Persistence of Irrational Beliefs?: Essays in Social Anthropology

By: Gregory V. Loewen (author)Hardback

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Presents case studies spanning the sociology of religion, memory, history and language, deviance, and of organization, and interplay is attempted between more theoretically based pieces that discuss the genesis of structures and their posited or apparent influence on beliefs that persons hold as revealed through qualitative sociology.

About Author

Gregory V. Loewen is Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan.


Foreword by Elvi Whittaker; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Section One: Structures; 2. Saussure and the Limits of the Sign; 3. Structures of Memorialization; 4. Cognitive Science as a Structure for Social Science?; 5. The Fundamental Anxieties; Section Two: Beliefs; 6. An Update on the UFO Subculture: A Case Study of a Deviant Belief System; 7. Pre-Gendered Beliefs about Gender: The Case of Social Anthropology; 8. Belief in Desireful Violence as a Means of Self-Discipline and Empowerment; 9. Chronicling the Failure of the Belief in the Validity of Ethnography: The Case of Kuper; 10. Executive's Beliefs Concerning New Technologies in the Workplace; Notes; References Cited; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773455085
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780773455085
  • ISBN10: 0773455086

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