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World : an anthropological examination

Author: João de Pina-Cabral; Joana Cabral de Oliveira
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Hau Books, [2017] ©2017
Series: Malinowski monographs series, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What do we mean when we refer to the world? How does the world relate to the human person? Are the two interdependent and, if so, in what way? What does world mean for an ethnographer or an anthropologist? Much has been said of worlds and worldviews, but do we really know what we mean by these words? Asking these questions and many more, this book explores the conditions of possibility of the ethnographic gesture,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: João de Pina-Cabral; Joana Cabral de Oliveira
ISBN: 9780997367508 0997367504
OCLC Number: 945353852
Description: xii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface --
World --
Transcendence --
Imagination / in collaboration with Joana Gonçalo Oliveira --
Person --
Worldview --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Malinowski monographs series, v. 1.
Responsibility: João de Pina-Cabral.

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"What do we mean when we refer to the world? How does the world relate to the human person? Are the two interdependent and, if so, in what way? What does world mean for an ethnographer or an anthropologist? Much has been said of worlds and worldviews, but do we really know what we mean by these words? Asking these questions and many more, this book explores the conditions of possibility of the ethnographic gesture, and how these shed light on the relationship between humans and the world in the midst of which they find themselves. As Pina-Cabral shows, recent decades have seen important shifts in the way we relate human thought to human embodiment--the relation between how we think and what we are. The book proposes a novel approach to the human condition: an anthropological outlook that is centered around the notions of personhood and sociality. Through a rich confrontation with ethnographic and historical material, this work contributes to the ongoing task of overcoming the theoretical constraints that have hindered anthropological thinking over the past century."--Page 4 of cover.

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