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

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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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"A provocative and engaging dialogue for interdisciplinary studies in space and place, from beginning students through professionals in anthropology, geography, art history, and cultural studies."--Choice

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Brunel University

British Museum

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Landscape: Between Place and Space 1
1 Looking at the Landscape: Class Formation and the Visual 31
2 Land, People, and Paper in Western Amazonia 43
3 People into Places: Zafimaniry Concepts of Clarity 63
4 Moral Topophilia: The Significations of Landscape in Indian Oleographs 78
5 Landscapes of Liberation and Imprisonment: Towards an Anthropology of the Israeli Landscape 114
6 Chiefly and Shamanist Landscapes in Mongolia 135
7 Seeing the Ancestral Sites: Transformations in Fijian Notions of the Land 163
8 Landscape and the Reproduction of the Ancestral Past 184
9 Relating to the Country in the Western Desert 210
10 The Language of the Forest: Landscape and Phonological Iconism in Umeda 232
Index 255
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