Price-Williams, Douglass

Price-Williams, Douglass – Professor emeritus in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has, as part of his research into psychological anthropology and cross-cultural cognitive studies, written extensively on shamanism, altered states of consciousness, dreaming, and alien abduction. With Larry Peters, Price-Williams argued for an “experiential approach” to shamanism in the early 1980s, part of the wider interest in insider and experiential anthropology gaining coherency at that time. More recently, he has been exploring dreaming as an interactional activity, rather than “the dream” being a thing in itself, as well as the cross-cultural consistencies in descriptions of UFO close encounters and shamanic initiations and rituals.

SOURCE:

Historical Dictionary of Shamanism by Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis 2007

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