Animism – Respecting the Living World (Anglais) Broché – 14 septembre 2015
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The second section then includes four case studies, in which he looks at the animistic tendencies among certain cultures. Included here are the Ojibwe and their language, Maori Arts, Aboriginal Law and Land, and Eco-Pagan activism. In each section, Harvey does a through job of explaining what they believe, and gives plenty of sources for the reader to pursue. He also achieves what is perhaps the main point of the section: showing that animism isn't necessarily the same for everyone.
The third section focuses on issues facing animist, and is divided into seven chapters. In these, Harvey discusses the history of the subject, as well as how it fits into an animist worldview both in modern times and in the past.
The fourth and final section is on challenges that animists face. Here Harvey has provides three big challenges, and also provides some answers to them. At the end is a bibliography of all the work which Harvey references during text, making it easy for the reader to find an article or book on a particular topic of interest.
While this is a great book and highly recommended for anyone to read, it must be noted that the book is very academic and might not be the best pick for someone more casually interested in the philosophy behind animism.
There are some shortcomings of the book. It does not include some of the best new work on agency in religion, like Pascal Boyer, Scott Atran, and Paul Bloom. The discussion of Hallowell and the Ojibwe is valuable, but the chapter on Australian Aboriginals is very deficient, relying on two main sources, one worthwhile (Deborah Bird Rose) and one not worthwhile (Michael Jackson). There is much literature he could and should have referenced, as I know, having done my fieldwork among the Warlpiri of Central Australia. Even the discussion of eco-spiritualism and such shows that these religions are as authentic as any "traditional" belief system, and in fact all belief systems are of course invented and constructed, and all are as affected by modernity as these new ones.
Harvey's conclusion, that animism has been a concept invented by moderns to achieve modern intellectual goals is a good one, and he rightly points out that not all cultures share our Western dualistic approach to mind and body or to humans and "nature." It is a book very worth reading.
Harvey gives a very good short history and discussion of the concept of animism, with full attention to its pejorative uses in the past. He makes a very good case for rehabilitating it (as have Eugene Hunn and several other anthropologists). He also discusses its use by modern individuals seeking to reconnect with a more immanent, environmental spirituality. [...]I hope that Harvey's all too brief, but really intelligent and thought-provoking, discussion makes such seekers go more deeply into the wonderful variety and incredible depth and power of the thousands of worldviews and religions lumped (for better or worse) as "animist."