Reviews of Animism: Respecting the Living World:
"The strengths of this book are its fluid and engaging ... writing; its openly committed stand on the central question, i.e., whether or not animals, plants, rivers, etc. are people, and its use of major ethnographic sources as evidence, together with conversations with indigenous peoples."
— Stewart Guthrie, Fordham University, author of Faces in the Clouds: A New Theory of Religion (Oxford University Press, 1995)

"Harvey's insightful and balanced study challenges both earlier studies of animism and more recent critics who argue that scholars should throw out the term altogether. This is a fascinating and passionate study of lifeworlds in which things are 'very much alive' and in which relation to non-human others is considered central."
— Sarah M. Pike, California State University, Chico, author of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community (University of California Press, 2001)

 

Reviews of The Handbook of Contemporary Animism:
“This Handbook is an outstanding collection of important voices and ideas. Nothing else like it currently exists. It is valuable across disciplines, for both faculty and students alike, and fills a tremendous void in the scholarly work on animism.” – Kenneth Mello, Southwestern University, USA

“The Handbook addresses a topic which fascinates scholars and students in religious studies and anthropology. Presenting an overview of the numerous approaches to both animism and its “siblings” fetishism and totemism, the Handbook examines the many definitions of animism - illustrating this with a wide range of case studies of indigenous traditions - and demonstrates the significance of animism today.” – Bettina E. Schmidt, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

 

 

For my animist blogs on the New Statesman's "Faith Column" (Feb-March 2007)
click here
(for the February blogs and you'll find the link to the March ones)

For an interview recorded by the Earth Medicine Alliance (California) for the "Voices of the Earth" Project (2006), click here for nine youtube segments

 

For some photos and links from the Green Man Festival 2007, including the "Strange Attractor Salon", click here

 

For more about me and my work see my other website: grahamharvey.org

to contact me, email: graham.harvey@open.ac.uk

Site last updated: 18 Nov 2013 (after a ridiculously long gap)

 

Welcome to the companion website for both Animism: Respecting the Living World (2006) and The Handbook of Contemporary Animism (2013).

The site expands upon these books and includes further discussion, examples, elaborations and incitements that will enable more fruitful discussions about these ways of living respectfully within the wider community that is the living world.

Animism: Respecting the Living World is available from the publishers (C.Hurst in the UK, Columbia University Press in North America, and Wakefield Press in the Southern Hemisphere) and from all good bookshops (virtual or otherwise).
The cover of Animism: Respecting the Living World features the excellent painting, “Kunka Women’s Dreaming’ by Gladys Yawentyne — with the permission of the artist and of Ngurratjuta Art Centre, Alice Springs, Australia

First, a definition: "Animism is the attempt to live respectfully as members of the diverse community of living persons (only some of whom are human) which we call the world or cosmos."

Particular groups of animists express and evolve their worldviews and lifeways in various ways. These have considerable relevance to important debates among academics in many disciplines and among many other groups of people.

Animism homepage
 
  About Animism: Respecting the Living World
 

About The Handbook of Contemporary Animism

  Animist Realism
  Narrow Animism
  Panpsychism and hylozoism
  More Ethnography
  Living it
  Animation and projection
  Wights and other persons
  Shamans and animism
  Darwin's animism
  Animist manifesto
  interview transcript

Animism: Respecting the Living World

and The Handbook of Contemporary Animism

 

 

The Handbook of Contemporary Animism is available from the publishers - Acumen - and from all good bookshops (virtual or otherwise).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cover of The Handbook of Contemporary Animism: Respecting the Living World features the excellent painting, “Return of the Fieldfares" by Stewart Edmonson — with the permission of the artist and of Beaux Arts gallery, Bath, England.