"What is Bread?“ The Anthropology of Belief:

Charles Lindholm


In this article, I contrast the ideal-typical models for the verification of belief proposed by Max Weber (external and meaning-centered) and Emile Durkheim (internal and emotional). I then put forward a continuum of types of belief legitimization based on these models and place the articles in this collection within this framework to demonstrate the complex interplay between modes of belief corroboration and to provide a theoretical basis for making cross-cultural comparisons of belief maintenance.