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Islam in Tribal Societies: From the Atlas to the Indus

by Akbar S. Ahmed

A lively debate is currently being conducted in the social sciences around the concepts of "tribe", "segmentary societies" and "Islam in society". This wide-ranging collection by thirteen distinguished anthropologists...


Constructive Drinking

by Mary Douglas

First published in 1987, Constructive Drinking studies the functions drinking plays within society. A series of original case studies deal with a variety of exotic - not just alcohol - from a variety of cultural...


Essays on the Sociology of Perception

by Mary Douglas

First published in 1982, this is one of Mary Douglas' favourite books. It is based on her meetings with friends in which they attempt to apply the grip/group analysis from Natural Symbols.


Evans-Pritchard

by Mary Douglas

First published in 1980, this book provides an overview of E. E. Evans-Pritchard's approach to anthropology. His seminal works on the Azande and the Nuer had an immense impact on the field in Britain.


Foundations in Sociolinguistics: An Ethnographic Approach

by Dell Hymes

Reproduced here in facsimile, this volume was originally published in 1977 and is available individually. The collection is also available in a number of themed mini-sets of between 5 and 13 volumes, or as a...


Darwinism and the Study of Society: A Centenary Symposium

by Michael Banton

Tavistock Press was established as a co-operative venture between the Tavistock Institute and Routledge & Kegan Paul (RKP) in the 1950s to produce a series of major contributions across the social sciences....


Divine Revelation in Pali Buddhism

by Peter Masefield

Originally published in 1986.

In this study of initiation in the Nikayas (Discourses of the Buddha), the author presents evidence which makes it clear that salvation in early Buddhism depended upon the intervention...


Idealistic Thought of India

by P T Raju

 This volume depicts the metaphysical strands of the life and philosophy of India in the light of those of the West and brings out the deeper implications of idealistic metaphysics.


Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge

by K N Jayatilleke

Originally published in 1963, this volume sheds new light on later developments and elucidates from the Indian point of view some of the basic problems of the conflict between metaphysics and logical and linguistic...


Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition: A Guide

by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Originally published in 1984.

A clear and straightforward introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, this book presents the basic teachings of Buddha in a way that people can readily comprehend and put into practice...


Buddhist Thought in India: Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy

by Edward Conze

Originally published in 1962.

This book discusses and interprets the main themes of Buddhist thought in India.


Buddhist Meditation

by Edward Conze

Originally published in 1956, the volume deals with the meaning of Buddhist meditation, and the relation of its methods and presuppositions to modern psychology.


Dogen's Formative Years: An Historical and Annotated Translation of the Hokyo-KI

by Takashi James Kodera

Dogen was the founder of the Soto School of Zen and one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Japanese Buddhism. When originally published, in 1980, this historical and textual study was the first...


Coral Gardens and Their Magic: The Description of Gardening [1935]

by Bronislaw Malinowski

The first part of a two-volume classic devoted to the agriculture and agricultural rites of the Trobriand islanders. This work looks at the significance of agriculture in the Trobriand Islands.


Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History and Practice

by Morgan Pitelka

From its origins as a distinct set of ritualised practices in the sixteenth century to its international expansion in the twentieth, tea culture has had a major impact on artistic production, connoisseurship,...


English Landed Society in the Eighteenth Century

by G.E Mingay

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


The Red and the Black: Studies in Greek Pottery

by Brian A. Sparkes

The Red and the Black covers the major stages in the history of Greek pottery production, both figured and plain, as they are understood today. It provides an up-to-date evaluation of ways of studying Greek...


Time, Process and Structured Transformation in Archaeology

by James McGlade & Sander E. van der Leeuw

In a discipline which essentially studies how modern man came to be, it is remarkable that there are hardly any conceptual tools to describe change. This is due to the history of the western intellectual and...


Ireland in Prehistory

by George Eogan, Mr George Eogan & Michael Herity

The authors examine Irish prehistory from the economic, sociological and artistic viewpoints enabling the reader to comprehend the vast amount of archaeological work accomplished in Ireland over the last twenty...


Emotion and the Structure of Narrative Film: Film As An Emotion Machine

by Ed S. Tan

Introduced one hundred years ago, film has since become part of our lives. For the past century, however, the experience offered by fiction films has remained a mystery. Questions such as why adult viewers cry...