Between Magic and Rationality (eds. Jöhncke, Steffen, Vibeke Steffen & Kirsten Marie Raahauge): On the limits of reason in the modern world

Bidragets oversatte titel: Mellem Magi og Rationalitet: Fornuftens grænseflader i den moderne verden

Vibeke Steffen (Redaktør), Steffen Jöhncke (Redaktør), Kirsten Marie Raahauge (Redaktør)

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In Between Magic and Rationality, Vibeke Steffen, Steffen Jöhncke, and Kirsten Marie Raahauge bring together a diverse range of ethnographies that examine and explore the forms of reflection, action, and interaction that govern the ways different contemporary societies create and challenge the limits of reason. The essays here visit an impressive array of settings, including international scientific laboratories, British spiritualist meetings, Chinese villages, Danish rehabilitation centers, and Uzbeki homes, where they encounter a diverse assortment of people whose beliefs and concerns exhibit an unusual but central contemporary dichotomy: scientific reason versus spiritual/paranormal belief. Exploring the paradoxical way these modes of thought push against reason's boundaries, they offer a deep look at the complex ways they coexist, contest one another, and are ultimately intertwined.
Bidragets oversatte titelMellem Magi og Rationalitet: Fornuftens grænseflader i den moderne verden
ForlagMuseum Tusculanum
Vol/bindvol. 4
UdgaveCritical Anthropology
Antal sider380
ISBN (Trykt)978-87-635-4213-5
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2015
NavnCritical Anthropology


  • reason
  • magic
  • anthropology
  • critical theory
  • rationality

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