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Anthropological Methods for the Study of Religion
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Unfortunately, there appear to be no good texts on anthropological research methods in the public domain. Therefore, we have added a section of selected texts which can be bought second-hand at more reasonable prices than the very high priced new books currently on the market. We hope readers will find these useful. When we learn of other free texts we will update this webpage to include them. The first row contains some classic works that are in the public domain.

African Political Systems

M. Fortes and E.E. Evans Pritchard African Political Systems lets you see a classic anthropological text as does Evans-Pritchard's Nuer Religion.



social anthropology

E. E. Evans-Pritchard
Social Anthropology. This is a classic work that still offers an overview of the field.

Nuer REligion

Another Classic work by Evans-Pritchard is Nuer Religion.

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Mary Douglas

 L. L. Langness

James P. Spradley

James P. Spradley    

David C. Pitt's work on the interaction between anthropology and history, L. L. Langness' on life history research, and Thomas Rhys Williams on filed methods are goldmines of infomation. John Beattie's book is a classic that takes the reader into the field experience of the anthropologist. Although these are older works they are full of excellent advice for young anthropologists. A more modern work is H. Russell Bernard's excellent overview of anthropological research methods.

David C. Pitt

John Beattie
H. Russell Bernard
All texts and graphics on Understanding World Religions are protected by copyright, 1995, 199, 2011. Permission to reproduce material found on this Web Site must be obtained from the appropriate copyright owner. World religions graphic by Christopher Tobias from Irving Hexham's Understanding World Religions, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 2012, and Roberta Polfus, from the Concise Dictionary of Religion, InterVarsity Press, Carol Stream, 1994.