The Notion of Magic

@article{Wax1963TheNO,
  title={The Notion of Magic},
  author={Murray Lionel Wax and Rosalie H. Wax},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1963},
  volume={4},
  pages={495 - 518}
}
Social science contains two main traditions as to the nature of magic: With Tylor and Frazer, magic is superstition-an evolutionarily early stage of science, inadequate and misleading. With Durkheim, magic is immoral and anti-social: where religion solidifies the group, magic is individualistic. Both traditions thus proceed, not by an analysis of the lives of peoples where magic plays a significant role, but rather by invidious comparison with a major institution of Western society (science… 

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