Review: Donald K. Sharpes (2006). Sacred Bull, Holy Cow: A Cultural Study of Civilization's Most Important Animal


  • Marilyn Lichtman Virginia Tech



cattle-history, cattle-religious, cattle-social and cultural


From drawings in prehistoric caves to fast food hamburgers, SHARPES takes the reader on a journey across the world and over time. He weaves his vast knowledge of religion, history and cultural practices with concrete examples drawn from his experiences to help us understand the "human context of the cow". He argues that cattle are an indispensable part of civilized life. The author brings humor and an engaging style coupled with detailed notes and references to his unusual topic. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0703248


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Author Biography

Marilyn Lichtman, Virginia Tech

Marilyn LICHTMAN ( retired as a professor of educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech, Falls Church and Blacksburg, Virginia. She has taught qualitative research methods for more than a dozen years. Sage published her recent book, Qualitative Research in Education, in 2006. Her research interests involve alternative methods of teaching qualitative research. She serves on the editorial boards of FQS and The Qualitative Report. She is completing her 14th year as a docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, one of the oldest private art museums in the United States where she conducts tours for children and adults. LICHTMAN visited a number of prehistoric caves in the Dordogne in 2006 where she saw firsthand examples of bison discussed by SHARPES. In previous FQS issues Marilyn LICHTMAN reviewed "Reworking Qualitative Data" ( (by HEATON 2005), "The NVivo Qualitative Project Book" ( (by BAZELEY & RICHARDS 2000) and "Visual Methodologies" ( (by ROSE 2001).




How to Cite

Lichtman, M. (2007). Review: Donald K. Sharpes (2006). Sacred Bull, Holy Cow: A Cultural Study of Civilization’s Most Important Animal. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(3).