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Bloch, Maurice

Works: 67 works in 483 publications in 7 languages and 10,544 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Collector, Translator, Thesis advisor, Speaker, Other, Author of introduction, Publishing director, cbt, Opponent, Interviewee, Illustrator
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Most widely held works by Maurice Bloch
Marxist analyses and social anthropology by Maurice Bloch( Book )

53 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflecting the first evaluation among British and American anthropologists of the relevance of Marxist theory for their discipline, the studies in this volume cover a wide geographical and social spectrum ranging from rural Indonesia, Imperial China, Highland Burma and the Abron kingdom of Gyaman
Marxism and anthropology : the history of a relationship by Maurice Bloch( Book )

47 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and held by 1,436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the uses made of anthropology by Marx and Engels, and the uses made of Marxism by anthropologists. Looking at the writings of Marx and Engels on primitive societies, the book evaluates their views in the light of present knowledge and draws attention to inconsistencies in their analysis of pre-capitalist societies. These inconsistencies can be traced to the influence of contemporary anthropologists who regarded primitive societies as classless. As Marxist theory was built around the idea of class, without this concept the conventional Marxist analysis foundered. First pu
How we think they think : anthropological approaches to cognition, memory, and literacy by Maurice Bloch( )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2018 in English and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this text, one of anthropology's most original theorists considers fundamental questions such as: Is cognition language-based? and How reliable a guide to memory are people's narratives about themselves?
Death and the regeneration of life by Maurice Block( Book )

37 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bundel cultureel antropologische studies over de symbolen van vruchtbaarheid en wedergeboorte bij begrafenisrituelen bij verschillende volkeren en stammen
Anthropology and the cognitive challenge by Maurice Bloch( )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and French and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this provocative new study one of the world's most distinguished anthropologists proposes that an understanding of cognitive science enriches, rather than threatens, the work of social scientists. Maurice Bloch argues for a naturalist approach to social and cultural anthropology, introducing developments in cognitive sciences such as psychology and neurology and exploring the relevance of these developments for central anthropological concerns: the person or the self, cosmology, kinship, memory and globalisation. Opening with an exploration of the history of anthropology, Bloch shows why and how naturalist approaches were abandoned and argues that these once valid reasons are no longer relevant. Bloch then shows how such subjects as the self, memory and the conceptualisation of time benefit from being simultaneously approached with the tools of social and cognitive science. Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge will stimulate fresh debate among scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines"--
Prey into hunter : the politics of religious experience by Maurice Bloch( Book )

41 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maurice Bloch has for many years been developing an original and influential theory of ritual. In this book he synthesizes a radical theory of religion. Rituals in a great many societies deny the transience of life and of human institutions. Bloch argues that they enact this denial by symbolically sacrificing the participants themselves, so allowing them to participate in the immortality of a transcendent entity. Such sacrifices are achieved through acts of symbolic violence, ranging from bodily mutilations to the killing of animals. The theme is developed with reference to rituals of many types, from a variety of ethnographic sources, and Bloch shows that even exogamous marriage rituals can be reinterpreted in the light of this thesis. He concludes by considering the indirect relation of symbolic and ritual violence to political violence
Placing the dead: tombs, ancestral villages and kinship organization in Madagascar by Maurice Bloch( Book )

22 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Money and the morality of exchange( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume deals with the way in which money is symbolically represented in a range of different cultures, from South and South-east Asia, Africa and South America. It is also concerned with the moral evaluation of monetary and commercial exchanges as against exchanges of other kinds. The essays cast radical doubt on many Western assumptions about money: that it is the acid which corrodes community, depersonalises human relationships, and reduces differences of quality to those of mere quantity; that it is the instrument of man's freedom, and so on. Rather than supporting the proposition that money produces easily specifiable changes in world view, the emphasis here is on the way in which existing world views and economic systems give rise to particular ways of representing money. But this highly relativistic conclusion is qualified once we shift the focus from money to the system of exchange as a whole. One rather general pattern that then begins to emerge is of two separate but related transactional orders, the majority of systems making some ideological space for relatively impersonal, competitive and individual acquisitive activity. This implies that even in a non-monetary economy these features are likely to exist within a certain sphere of activity, and that it is therefore misleading to attribute them to money. By so doing, a contrast within cultures is turned into a contrast between cultures, thereby reinforcing the notion that money itself has the power to transform the nature of social relationships
Gender and kinship : essays toward a unified analysis( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From blessing to violence : history and ideology in the circumcision ritual of the Merina of Madagascar by Maurice Bloch( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The circumcision ritual of the Merina of Madagascar is seen by them primarily as a blessing, involving the transfer of the love and concern of the ancestors of their descendants. Yet the ritual ends in an act of ciolent wounding of the child. Similarily, while the ritual involves a symbolic assault on women, it is nonetheless welcomed by them as a mark of receiving the blessing of the ancestors. In this book, Maurice Bloch provides a detailed description and analysis of the Merina circumcision ritual today, offers an account of its history, and discusses the significance of his analysis for anthropological theories of ritual in general. Pursuing the theme of the combination of religious joy and illumination with violence, Professor Bloch explains how, at various times, the circumcision ceremony can be a familial ritual as well as glorification of a militarist and expansionist state, or associated with anti-colonial nationalism. Describing changes that have occurred in the form of the ritual over two centuries, Professor Bloch argues that in order to understand the properties of ritual in general, it is necessary to view it over a longer time scale than anthropologists have tended to do previously. Adopting such an historical perspective enables him to identify the stability of the Merina ritual's symbolic content, despite changes in its organisation, and dramatically changing politico-economic contexts. As well as presenting an original historical approach to the anthropological study of ritua;, Professor Bloch discusses a range of general theoretical issues, including the nature of ideology, and the relationship between images created in ritual and other types of knowledge. The book will appeal widely to scholars and students of anthropology, history, African studies, and comparative religion
Political language and oratory in traditional society by Maurice Bloch( Book )

15 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ritual, history, and power : selected papers in anthropology by Maurice Bloch( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume provides a collection of some of Maurice Bloch's most important work, including influential essays on power, hierarchy, death and fertility
Essays on cultural transmission by Maurice Bloch( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book brings together recent work by Maurice Bloch which explores the highly controversial territory between the cognitive and social sciences, The essays are of broad, theoretical interest and aim to combine naturalistic approaches to cognition with a recognition and respect for the cultural and historical specificity of ethnography. All the essays illustrate Bloch's characteristic approach to the relation between anthropology and cognitive science, where cognitive science is used to criticize anthropological assumptions concerning such key topics as religion, kinship, belief, ritual, symbolism and art."--Jacket
In and out of each other's bodies : theory of mind, evolution, truth, and the nature of the social by Maurice Bloch( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is human sociality? How are universals such as truth and doubt variously demonstrated and negotiated in different cultures? This book offers an accessible introduction to these and other fundamental human questions. Bloch shows that the social consists of two very different things. One is a matter of continual adjustments between individuals who read each others' minds and thus, as in sex and birth, "go in and out of each other's minds and bodies." The other is a time defying system of roles and groups. Interaction at this level is created by ritual and is unique to humans. What is referred to by the word "religion" is a part of this, but it is not separate. The study of "religion" as such is therefore theoretically misleading. A second major theme is the way truth is established in different cultures. Bloch's arguments go against recent approaches in anthropology which have sought to relativize ideas of the social and religion. --
L'anthropologie cognitive à l'épreuve du terrain l'exemple de la théorie de l'esprit : [leçon inaugurale prononcée le jeudi 23 février 2006] by Maurice Bloch( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in French and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les ivoires du moyen-âge by Wolfgang Fritz Volbach( Book )

8 editions published in 1923 in French and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De la violence by Françoise Héritier( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literacy in traditional societies by Jack Goody( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in Spanish and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The importance of writing as a means of communication in a society formerly without it, or where writing has been confined to particular groups, is enormous. It objectifies speech, provides language with a material correlative, and in this material form speech can be transmitted over space and preserved over time. In this book the contributors discuss cultures at different levels of sophistication and literacy and examine the importance of writing on the development of these societies. All the articles except the first were specially written for this book and the extensive introduction unites and synthesizes the material. -- Back cover
Guns & rain : guerrillas & spirit mediums in Zimbabwe by David Lan( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Almost every anti-colonial struggle this century has been led by an army of guerrillas. No such struggle has succeeded without a very high degree of cooperation between guerrillas and the local peasantry. But what does "cooperation" between peasants and guerrillas really consist of? What effect does it have on the way they view the world for which they fight? the struggle for Zimbabwe (1966-80), hundreds of thousands of peasants provided the guerrillas with practical help and support. But they went a good deal further. Throughout the country scores of spirit mediums, the religious leaders of Shona, gave active support to resistance. With their participation, the scale of the war expanded into an astonishing act of collaboration between ancestors and their descendants, the past and the present, the living and the dead. This book is a detailed study of one key "operational zone" in the Zambezi valley. It shows that to understand the meaning the war and independence have for the people of Zimbabwe themselves, we must take into account not only the nationalist guerrillas and politicians, the bearers of guns, but also the mediums of the spirits of the Shona royal ancestors, the bringers of rain." -- Publisher's description
Makesi zhu yi yu ren lei xue by Maurice Bloch( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Death and the regeneration of life
Marxism and anthropology : the history of a relationshipHow we think they think : anthropological approaches to cognition, memory, and literacyDeath and the regeneration of lifePrey into hunter : the politics of religious experienceMoney and the morality of exchangeGender and kinship : essays toward a unified analysisFrom blessing to violence : history and ideology in the circumcision ritual of the Merina of MadagascarRitual, history, and power : selected papers in anthropology
Alternative Names
Bloch, M.

Bloch, M. 1939-

Bloch, M. (Maurice)

Bloch, Maurice

Bloch, Maurice 1939-

Bloch, Maurice E.

Bloch , Maurice E. F.

Bloch, Maurice E.F. 1939-

Bloch, Maurice E. F. (Maurice Emile Felix), 1939-

Bloch, Maurice Emile Felix

Bloch, Maurice Emile Félix 1939-

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Maurice E.F. Bloch

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