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Being alive : essays on movement, knowledge and description

Author: Tim Ingold
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tim Ingold sets out to restore life to where it should belong, at the heart of anthropological concern. Anthropology is a disciplined inquiry into the conditions and potentials of human life. Generations of theorists, however, have expunged life from their accounts, treating it as the mere output of patterns, codes, structures or systems.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Ingold
ISBN: 9780415576833 0415576830 9780415576840 0415576849 9780203818336 0203818334
OCLC Number: 500783858
Description: xviii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Prologue. Anthropology comes to life --
Part I. Clearing the ground. Materials against materiality ; Culture on the ground : the world perceived through the feet ; Walking the plank : meditations on a process of skill --
Part II. The meshwork. Rethinking the animate, reanimating the thought ; Point, line, counterpoint : from environment to fluid space ; When ant meets spider : social theory for arthropods --
Part III. Earth and sky. The shape of the earth ; Earth, sky, wind and weather ; Landscape or weather-world? ; Four objections to the concept of soundscape --
Part IV. A storied world. Against space : place, movement, knowledge ; Stories against classification : transport, wayfaring and the integration of knowledge ; Naming as storytelling : speaking of animals among the Koyukon of Alaska --
Part V. Drawing making writing. Seven variations on the letter A ; Ways of mind-walking : reading, writing, painting ; The textility of making ; Drawing together : doing, observing, describing --
Epilogue: Anthropology is not ethnography.
Responsibility: Tim Ingold.
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Tim Ingold sets out to restore life to where it should belong, at the heart of anthropological concern. Anthropology is a disciplined inquiry into the conditions and potentials of human life. Generations of theorists, however, have expunged life from their accounts, treating it as the mere output of patterns, codes, structures or systems.

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"For three decades, Tim Ingold's has been one of the most consistently exploratory and provocative voices in contemporary scholarship. This book leads us, in prose that is exactingly lucid and Read more...

 
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