The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill

The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill

by Tim Ingold
     
 

ISBN-10: 041522831X

ISBN-13: 9780415228312

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In this work Tim Ingold offers a persuasive approach to understanding how human beings perceive their surroundings. He argues that what we are used to calling cultural variation consists, in the first place, of variations in skill. Neither innate nor acquired, skills are grown, incorporated into the human organism through practice and training in an environment.

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In this work Tim Ingold offers a persuasive approach to understanding how human beings perceive their surroundings. He argues that what we are used to calling cultural variation consists, in the first place, of variations in skill. Neither innate nor acquired, skills are grown, incorporated into the human organism through practice and training in an environment. They are thus as much biological as cultural. The twenty-three essays comprising this book focus in turn on the procurement of livelihood, on what it means to 'dwell', and on the nature of skill, weaving together approaches from social anthropology, ecological psychology, developmental biology and phenomenology in a way that has never been attempted before. The book is set to revolutionise the way we think about what is 'biological' and 'cultural' in humans, about evolution and history, and indeed about what it means for human beings - at once organisms and persons - to inhabit an environment. The Perception of the Environment will be essential reading not only for anthropologists but also for biologists, psychologists, archaeologists, geographers and philosophers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415228312
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
General introduction1
Ch. 1Culture, nature, environment: steps to an ecology of life13
Ch. 2The optimal forager and economic man27
Ch. 3Hunting and gathering as ways of perceiving the environment40
Ch. 4From trust to domination: an alternative history of human-animal relations61
Ch. 5Making things, growing plants, raising animals and bringing up children77
Ch. 6A circumpolar night's dream89
Ch. 7Totemism, animism and the depiction of animals111
Ch. 8Ancestry, generation, substance, memory, land132
Ch. 9Culture, perception and cognition157
Ch. 10Building, dwelling, living: how animals and people make themselves at home in the world172
Ch. 11The temporality of the landscape189
Ch. 12Globes and spheres: the topology of environmentalism209
Ch. 13To journey along a way of life: maps, wayfinding and navigation219
Ch. 14Stop, look and listen! Vision, hearing and human movement243
Ch. 15Tools, minds and machines: an excursion in the philosophy of technology294
Ch. 16Society, nature and the concept of technology312
Ch. 17Work, time and industry323
Ch. 18On weaving a basket339
Ch. 19Of string bags and birds' nests: skill and the construction of artefacts349
Ch. 20The dynamics of technical change362
Ch. 21'People like us': the concept of the anatomically modern human373
Ch. 22Speech, writing and the modern origins of 'language origins'392
Ch. 23The poetics of tool-use: from technology, language and intelligence to craft, song and imagination406
Notes420
References436
Index454

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