Edward Tylor, Religion and Culture

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Paul-Francis Tremlett, Graham Harvey, Liam T. Sutherland
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , September
     232 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Through revisiting and challenging what we think we know about the work of Edward Burnett Tylor, a founding figure of anthropology, this volume explores new connections and insights that link Tylor and his work to present concerns in new and important ways.

At the publication of Primitive Culture in 1871, Tylor was at the centre of anthropological research on religion and culture, but today Tylor's position in the anthropological canon is rarely acknowledged. Edward Burnett Tylor, Religion and Culture does not claim to present a definitive, new Tylor. The old Tylor - the founder of British anthropology; the definer of religion; the intellectualist; the evolutionist; the liberal; the utilitarian; the avatar of white, Protestant rationalism; the Tylor of the canon - remains. Part I explore debates and contexts of Tylor's lifetime, while the chapters in Part II explore a series of new Tylors, including Tylor the ethnographer and Tylor the Spiritualist, re-writing the legacy of the founder of anthropology in the process.

Edward Burnett Tylor, Religion and Culture is essential reading for anyone interested in the study of religion and the anthropology of religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Paul-Francois Tremlett is Senior Lecturer of Religious Studies at The Open University, UK.

Graham Harvey is Reader in Religious Studies at The Open University, UK.

Liam Sutherland is a tutor in religious studies at the university of Edinburgh, UK.

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