Robert Parkin's book gives a reading of each of these texts before going on to show their subsequent influence on anthropologists in particular. Hertz's activities as reviewer and phamphleteer are also covered. The introductory biographical chapter drawing on Hertz's surviving papers in the Collège de France, shows his own ambivalence towards his academic career and it also attempts to clarify the circumstances leading up to his apparently gratuitous death in the First World War. Two further chapters attempt to situate his work in the broader context of Durkheimian sociology.

chapter 1|20 pages

Life and Career

chapter 2|16 pages

The Durkheimian Background to Hertz's Work

chapter 3|22 pages

Hertz as Reviewer and Pamphleteer

chapter 4|28 pages

Right and Left

chapter 5|36 pages

Death and the Analysis of Ritual

chapter 6|32 pages

Sin and Expiation

chapter 7|20 pages

St Besse and the Analysis of Myth

chapter 8|8 pages