Making Knowledge: Explorations of the Indissoluble Relation between Mind, Body and Environment

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Making Knowledge presents the work of leading anthropologists who promote pioneering approaches to understanding the nature and social constitution of human knowledge. The book offers a progressive interdisciplinary approach to the subject and covers a rich and diverse ethnography.

  • Presents cutting-edge research and theory in anthropology
  • Includes many beautiful ...
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Overview

Making Knowledge presents the work of leading anthropologists who promote pioneering approaches to understanding the nature and social constitution of human knowledge. The book offers a progressive interdisciplinary approach to the subject and covers a rich and diverse ethnography.

  • Presents cutting-edge research and theory in anthropology
  • Includes many beautiful illustrations throughout
  • The contributions cover a rich and diverse ethnography
  • Offers a progressive interdisciplinary approach to the eternal questions concerning ‘human knowledge’
  • Contributions by leading scholars in the field who explore a wide range of disciplines through an anthropological perspective
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“Indeed I have used Making Knowledgein a graduate seminar, and it made for stimulating, productive discussion.” (Ethos, 1 February 2013)

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Meet the Author

Trevor H. J. Marchand is Professor of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. As a trained architect and qualified furniture maker, he has conducted fieldwork with craftspeople in Arabia, West Africa and the United Kingdom. His research focuses on apprenticeship, cognition and communication. Marchand is the author of Minaret Building & Apprenticeship in Yemen (2001) and The Masons of Djenné (2009), and co-producer of the documentary film Future of Mud (2007).

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Table of Contents

Preface (Trevor H.J. Marchand, School of Oriental and African Studies).

Introduction: Making knowledge: explorations of the indissoluble relation between minds, bodies, and environment (Trevor H.J. Marchand, School of Oriental and African Studies).

1. ‘Practice without theory’: a neuroanthropological perspective on embodied learning (Greg Downey, Macquarie University).

2. Learning to listen: auscultation and the transmission of auditory knowledge (Tom Rice, University of Exeter).

3. The craft of skilful learning: Kazakh women’s everyday craft practices in western Mongolia (Anna Odland Portisch, School of Oriental and African Studies).

4. ‘Something to talk about’: notation and knowledge-making among Central Slovak lace-makers (Nicolette Makovicky, Wolfson College, Oxford).

5. Embodied cognition and communication: studies with British fine woodworkers (Trevor H.J. Marchand, School of Oriental and African Studies).

6. Footprints through the weather-world: walking, breathing, knowing (Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen).

7. Unconscious culture and conscious nature: exploring East Javanese conceptions of the person through Bourdieu’s lens (Konstantinos Retsikas, School of Oriental and African Studies).

8. Learning to weave; weaving to learn ... what? (Soumhya Venkatesan, University of Manchester).

9. Reflections on knowledge practices and the problem of ignorance (Roy Dilley, University of St Andrews).

10. Anthropology of knowledge (Emma Cohen, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics).

Index.

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