Being Alive Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description

ISBN-10: 0415576849
ISBN-13: 9780415576840
Edition: 2011
Authors: Tim Ingold
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 5/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

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 wayfaring, Ingold presents a radically new understanding of movement, knowledge and description as dimensions not just of being in the world, but of being alive to what is going on there.

List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
Prologue
Anthropology comes to life
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
The meshwork
Rethinking the animate, reanimating thought
Point, line, counterpoint: from environment to fluid space
When ANT meets SPIDER: social theory for arthropods
Earth and sky
The shape of the earth
Earth, sky, wind and weather
Landscape or weather-world?
Four objections to the concept of soundscape
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
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
Notes
References
Index

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