The Anthropology of Cannibalism

Synopsis

The topic of cannibalism continues to be emblematic of people's ideas of the "exotic other." In addition to its lingering cultural meanings, the continued interest in the topic stems in part from the history of controversy about methods, evidence, and inference patterns within anthropology and archaeology. This book looks at how and why cannibalism was actually practiced, both as part of a wider cultural system of meanings about reproduction and regeneration as well as how cannibalism as myth perpetuates political processes of stereotyping across cultures.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Don Gardner
  • Michael Pickering
  • John Kantner
  • Alan Rumsey
  • Kerry M. Zubrinich
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999