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Magic: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to magic in world history and contemporary societies. Presenting magic as a global phenomenon which has manifested in all human cultures, this book takes a thematic approach which explores the historical, social, and cultural aspects of magic.

Key features include:

Attempts to define magic either in universal or more particular terms, and to contrast it with other broad and potentially fluid categories such as religion and science;

An examination of different forms of magical practice and the purposes for which magic has been used;

Debates about magic’s effectiveness, its reality, and its morality;

An exploration of magic’s association with certain social factors, such as gender, ethnicity and education, among others.

Offering a global perspective of magic from antiquity through to the modern era and including a glossary of key terms, suggestions for further reading and case studies throughout, Magic: The Basics is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn more about the academic study of magic.

ISBN:

9781138809611

Publication Date:

8-1-2017

Publisher:

CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group

City:

London

Disciplines:

Cultural History | History of Gender | Medieval History | Medieval Studies | Theory and Criticism

Comments

This accept introduction is from Magic: The Basics by Michael D. Bailey, August 2017. London: Routledge., https://www.crcpress.com/Magic-The-Basics/Bailey/p/book/9781138809611.Posted with permission.

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