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Introduction

Randall G. Styers

in Making Magic

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151077
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835263 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151070.003.0001

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

 Introduction

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The introduction opens with an exploration of the prominence of magic in the scholarly literature of numerous modern academic disciplines and then offers a broad outline of the distinctive roles magic plays in this literature. Modern debates over magic turn on competing views of the nature of human subjectivity and the relation of the individual to society and to the material world. Scholars have used these debates as a site at which to articulate--and to challenge--norms for life in modernity.

Keywords: magic; modernity; religion; science; subjectivity

Chapter.  9953 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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