Womack illustrates the power of symbols in all human societies in her concise, easy-to-read overview of symbols and meaning. Her eclectic, anthropological approach makes Symbols and Meaning an accessible introduction for readers who want to learn more generally about meaning in human society. It is an essential introductory textbook for courses that define fundamental concepts in religion, cultural anthropology, communication, and art.
Mari Womack is a writer and anthropologist specializing in symbols, religion, gender, American popular culture, and anthropological theory and methods. A research scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, she is scriptwriter for the PBS television series Faces of Culture and author of Being Human: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, and of The Other Fifty Percent, a reader on gender.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Understanding Symbols Chapter 3 Chapter 2: How Symbols Are Studied Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Symbols and Social Organization Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Symbols and Religion Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Symbols and the Arts Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Symbols and Social Crisis