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Soul Hunters: Hunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs

 
 
 
 
Soul Hunters: Hunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs
Author: Rane Willerslev
ISBN 13: 9780520252172
ISBN 10: 520252179
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2007-08-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 235
List Price: $34.95
 
 

"Soul Hunters combines intimate ethnographic knowledge of Yukaghir hunting practices with sophisticated phenomenological analysis and an impressive comparative range. The book critiques and revivifies familiar concepts and interpretive traditions, most notably 'animism' and 'shamanism.' It contains many original comparative arguments and analyses, and the ethnographic examples are always lucidly described. A remarkable book."—James Clifford, author The Predicament of Culture

"Soul Hunters is a detailed and theoretically original ethnography which will make an important contribution to the anthropology of Siberia and hunter-gatherers more generally."—Nikolai V. Ssorin-Chaikov, author of The Social Life of the State in Subarctic Siberia

"Soul Hunters makes a highly original contribution to Yukaghir ethnography, as well as to theoretical discussions about the nature of spiritual knowledge. The work will provide the starting point for several future debates in contemporary anthropology."—Peter Schweitzer, co-editor of Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern World: Conflict, Resistance, and Self-Determination