Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description

Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description

by Tim Ingold
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415576849

ISBN-13: 9780415576840

Pub. Date: 06/14/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415576840
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Movement 1. Bringing things back to life: creative entanglements in a world of materials 2. The wedge and the knot: hammering and stitching the face of nature 3. Culture on the ground: the world perceived through the feet 4. Walking the plank: meditations on a process of skill 5. The eye of the storm: visual perception and the weather Part 2: Knowledge 6. The shape of the earth 7. Against space: place, movement, knowledge 8. Stories against classification: transport, wayfaring and the integration of knowledge 9. Naming as storytelling: speaking of animals among the Koyukon of Alaska 10. Rethinking the animate, re-animating thought Part 3: Inscription 11. Point, line counterpoint: from environment to fluid space 12. When ANT meets SPIDER: social theory for arthropods 13. 12 As 14. Drawing together: materials, gestures, lines 15. Anthropology is not ethnography

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