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Symbol: 25 Concepts in Anthropology

I'm Nick Herriman, author of Entangled State, www.yale.edu/seas/EntangledState.htm. In the "25 Concepts in Anthropology" series, I present what I think are the 25 most important concepts in socio-cultural anthropology. Each concept provides a unique insight into what it is to be human. This episode concerns the concept of "symbol". Other important terms and concepts covered include: survival; unconscious; archetype; multivocal symbol. Sources used: 1. Frazer Golden Bough: A Study in Magic in Religion. 2. Durkheim, E 1979, 'The Elementary Forms of Religious Life', in WA Lessa & EZ 3. Freud, S 'The Unconscious and Consciousness--Reality', pp. 610-621. 4. Jung, CG, Hull, RFC & Shamdasani, S 2012, Four Archetypes: (From Vol. 9, Part 1 5. Levi-Strauss, C 1979, 'The Structural Study of Myth', in WA Lessa & EZ Vogt (eds), 6. Wolf, ER 2002 [1958], 'The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol', 7. Rappaport, RA 1979, 'Ritual, Sanctity, and Cybernetics', in WA Lessa & EZ Vogt 8. Geertz, 'Religion as a Cultural System' For more, see my undergraduate lectures on symbols on youtube.
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