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The Social Life of Trees: Anthropological Perspectives on Tree Symbolism

Edited By: Laura Rival

315 pages, B/w photos, illus

Berg Publishers

Paperback | Dec 1998 | #89774 | ISBN: 1859739288
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NHBS Price: £23.99 $29/€27 approx
Hardback | Apr 1998 | #110249 | ISBN: 1859739237
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About this book

&i;`Offers a host of answers from an anthropological perspective on the symbolic meanings of trees. This collection of original essays, from countries as various as India, Indonesia, Japan, Canada and Papua New Guinea, shows the astonishing ways in which we use species as different as coconut palms, banyan trees and cedars to make sense of the meaning of human life.'&o; Gail Vines in New Scientist

'This is a challenging read for anyone who wants to view current Western preoccupations as the direct, unmediated voice of the trees. But it is also a good book for anyone who has seen the anger and passion of today's bypass campaigns - and who wants to see them in a social context as well as an ecological one.' 3rd Stone: Archaeology, Folklore and Myth 'This is a valuable collection ... It deepens understanding of the processes by which humans imagine and respond to their worlds.' The Australian Journal of Anthropology 'The text is ... persuasive and the ethnographic accounts are fascinating.' Oceania 'This is a challenging book with some rich pickings, not least Rival's overview chapter, which adds considerable value.' ECOS 'Offers fresh insights and perspectives on a topic that has evaded either global analysis or synthesis.' Ecumene 'The scope and spirit is agreeably ecumenical; the methods and contents rampantly diverse.' Ecumene

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Laura Rival Queen Elizabeth House International Development Centre, University of Oxford

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