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Being Alive : Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description

Author: Tim Ingold
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 variously defined as genetic or cultural, natural or social. Building on his classic work The Perception of the Environment, Tim Ingold sets out to restore life to where it should  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Ingold
ISBN: 9781136735431 1136735437
OCLC Number: 787513482
Description: 279 pages
Contents: Front Cover;Being Alive;Copyright Page;Contents;List of figures;Preface and acknowledgements;Prologue;1. Anthropology comes to life;Part I: Clearing the ground;2. Materials against materiality;3. Culture on the ground: the world perceived through the feet;4. Walking the plank: meditations on a process of skill;Part II: The meshwork;5. Rethinking the animate, reanimating thought;6. Point, line, counterpoint: from environment to fluid space;7. When ANT meets SPIDER: social theory for arthropods;Part III: Earth and sky;8. The shape of the earth;9. Earth, sky, wind and weather;10. Landscape or weather-world?;11. Four objections to the concept of soundscape;Part IV: A storied world;12. Against space: place, movement, knowledge;13. Stories against classification: transport, wayfaring and the integration of knowledge;14. Naming as storytelling: speaking of animals among the Koyukon of Alaska;Part V: Drawing making writing;15. Seven variations on the letter A;16. Ways of mind-walking: reading.

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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 variously defined as genetic or cultural, natural or social. Building on his classic work The Perception of the Environment, Tim Ingold sets out to restore life to where it should belong, at the heart of anthropological concern. Being Alive ranges over such themes as the vitality of materials, what it means to make things, the perception and formation of the ground, the mingling of earth and sky in the weather-world, the experiences of light, sound and feeling, the role of storytelling in the integration of knowledge, and the potential of drawing to unite observation and description. Our humanity, Ingold argues, does not come ready-made but is continually fashioned in our movements along ways of life. Starting from the idea of life as a process of wayfari.

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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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