Professor Maurice Bloch

Professor Maurice Bloch

Professor Emeritus

Department of Anthropology

English, French
Key Expertise

About me

Professor Maurice Bloch was trained at both the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He has carried out fieldwork among irrigated rice cultivators and shifting agriculturalists in Madagascar, and in other parts of the world including Japan. Partly because of his French background he has combined British and French approaches and was instrumental in introducing the revival in French Marxist theory to British anthropologists. His interests have focused on the notion of ideology and he has written on ritual and language. He is now working on how to relate the findings of cognitive psychology with anthropology. Maurice Bloch has taught in the USA, France, and Sweden and is a Fellow of the British Academy.


Expertise Details

Madagascar; cognitive anthropology; education; ideology; literacy

Selected publications

Forthcoming. Going in and out of each other's bodies. In The salvaged mind: Social anthropology, religion, and the cognitive sciences, Harvey Whitehouse & James Laidlaw (eds). Durham: Carolina Academic Press.

2006 Teknonymy and the evocation of the "social" among the Zafimaniry of Madagascar. In The anthropology of names and naming, G. vom Bruck and B. Bodenhorn (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2006. L'anthropologie Cognitive a l'Epreuve du Terrain. Paris: Fayard.

2005. Essays on cultural transmission. Oxford: Berg.

1998. How we think they think: Anthropological approaches to cognition, memory, literacy. Oxford: Westview.

1992. Prey into hunter: The politics of religious experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1989. Ritual, history, and power: Selected papers in anthropology. London: Athlone.