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Author Jones, Robert Alun.
Title The secret of the totem : religion and society from McLennan to Freud / Robert Alun Jones.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2005]

Subject Totemism.
Subject Totemism.
Description 1 online resource (347 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary Robert Alun Jones examines the contentious development of the concept of totemism during the Victorian era. Totemism, whose features include the veneration of an animal or plant, the prohibition of incest, and matrilineal descent, captured the imagination of Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, Sir James Frazer, and other Victorian thinkers. Jones's work combines innovative readings of individual scholars' works with a rich portrait of Victorian intellectual life. Jones considers the divergent ways thinkers drew on totemism to explore religious, cultural, and sexual norms for a civil society. He also examines the reasons behind totemism's eventual demise within intellectual circles.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Totemism as animal worship -- 2. Totemism as sacrament -- 3. Totemism as utility -- 4. Totemism as self-transcendence -- 5. Totemism as neurosis.
ISBN 0231508778 (electronic bk.)
9780231508773 (electronic bk.)
023113438X (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.7312/jone13438
Publisher # EB00639394 Recorded Books
OCLC # 614998931
Additional Format Print version: Jones, Robert Alun. Secret of the totem. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005 (DLC) 2005041319.