Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-5797-9 • Hardback • December 2015 • $129.00 • (£99.00)
978-1-4422-5798-6 • eBook • December 2015 • $122.50 • (£95.00)
Graham Harvey is Professor and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the Open University, UK. His research largely engages with the performances and rhetorics of religion among indigenous peoples, Pagans and Jews but also seeks improved understanding of everyday relational religioning.
Robert J. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of MA Programs, and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond University, the American International University in London. His research engages with prehistoric and indigenous art and religion, and the ways in which people reproduce, reinterpret and make claims to prehistoric art and religion today.
Editor's Foreword Jon Woronoff
Acronyms and Abbreviations
About the Authors
Harvey and Wallis make a high-quality contribution to the study of shamanism in updating their 2007 edition. Deftly addressing inherent problems in defining the scope of the study of shamanism, this reference work proceeds to admit any and all phenomena that may have been called ‘shamanism,’ including neo-shamanism and scholarly conversations about shamanism. The dictionary provides a succinct snapshot of the current state of knowledge of, and theories about, shamans and shamanic practices, directly addressing and acknowledging the many controversies surrounding the topic. As the authors clearly intend, the work is as revealing about the agendas and nature of academic discourse as it is about the people, cultures, traditions, and practices that have been identified with shamanism. The introduction is clear and insightful, and—unusual for a work structured as a dictionary—the book can be read straight through as a skillful summary of the field of shamanism studies. Its nearly 90-page annotated bibliography is invaluable, covering academic resources alongside works intended for practitioners and their communities. The bibliographic essay is an exemplar of the cogent, stand-alone literature review.
— Choice Reviews
In this second edition of the dictionary, Harvey and Wallis continue to challenge a western-centric approach to both a global and localized historical movement. . . .The brevity of each entry allows for a breadth of coverage, spanning continents, cultures, and history. Perhaps most impressive about this updated edition is the extensive bibliography, spanning nearly 100 pages in length, delineated by regions and themes. . . .What Harvey and Wallis have accomplished in this updated edition is to show how that identity continues to transform and elude a reductionist characterization.
— American Reference Books Annual