The Anthropology of Landscape: Perspectives on Place and Space / Edition 1

The Anthropology of Landscape: Perspectives on Place and Space / Edition 1

by Eric Hirsch
     
 


Landscape has long had a submerged presence within anthropology, both as a framing device which informs the way the anthropologist brings his or her study into 'view', and as the meaning imputed by local people to their cultural and physical surroundings. A principal aim of this volume follows from these interconnected ways of considering landscape: the… See more details below

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Landscape has long had a submerged presence within anthropology, both as a framing device which informs the way the anthropologist brings his or her study into 'view', and as the meaning imputed by local people to their cultural and physical surroundings. A principal aim of this volume follows from these interconnected ways of considering landscape: the conventional, Western notion of 'landscape' may be used as productive point of departure from which to explore analgous ideas; local ideas can in turn reflexively by used to interrogate the Western construct.

The Introduction argues that landscape should be conceptualized as a cultural process: a process located between place and space, inside and outside, image and representation. In the chapters that follow, nine noted anthropologists and an art historian exemplify this approach, drawing on a diverse set of case studies. These range from an analysis of Indian calendar art to an account of Israeli nature tourism, and from the creation of a metropolitan "gaze" in nineteenth-century Paris to the soundscapes particular to the Papua New Guinea rainforests. The anthropological perspectives developed here are of cross-disciplinary relevance; geographers, art historians, and archaeologists will be no less interested than anthropologists in this re-envisaging of the notion of landscape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198280101
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Series:
Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.25(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Landscape: Between Place and Space1
1Looking at the Landscape: Class Formation and the Visual31
2Land, People, and Paper in Western Amazonia43
3People into Places: Zafimaniry Concepts of Clarity63
4Moral Topophilia: The Significations of Landscape in Indian Oleographs78
5Landscapes of Liberation and Imprisonment: Towards an Anthropology of the Israeli Landscape114
6Chiefly and Shamanist Landscapes in Mongolia135
7Seeing the Ancestral Sites: Transformations in Fijian Notions of the Land163
8Landscape and the Reproduction of the Ancestral Past184
9Relating to the Country in the Western Desert210
10The Language of the Forest: Landscape and Phonological Iconism in Umeda232
Index255

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