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Drawn from African Dwellings
     

Drawn from African Dwellings

by Jean-Paul Bourdier, Trinh T Minh-Ha (With), Trinh T. Minh-Ha (With)
 

This exquisitely illustrated study takes us into the traditionally built dwellings of African society. This ""life-in-architecture"" material culture reveals the socioeconomic and cosmological organization and the world views of these societies. Bourdier and Trinh connect structural patterns - setting, design, decoration, orientation - to factors such as kinship,

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This exquisitely illustrated study takes us into the traditionally built dwellings of African society. This ""life-in-architecture"" material culture reveals the socioeconomic and cosmological organization and the world views of these societies. Bourdier and Trinh connect structural patterns - setting, design, decoration, orientation - to factors such as kinship, gender, history, religion, poetry, and oral traditions. The authors focus on a variety of African peoples, including the Fulbe, Tokolor, Sereer, Joola, Soninke, Mandingo, Jaxanke, and Bassari. Through photographs, beautifully detailed drawings, and theoretical reflections, Bourdier and Trinh challenge the common perception that traditional dwellings are static artifacts.

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Drawing on ten years of research in six West African countries, Bourdier, architect, and Minh-ha, social critic, link structural considerations to such factors as kinship, gender, history, oral traditions, poetry, and religion. Their study challenges the common perception that traditional dwellings are static artifacts. Abundantly illustrated with b&w photographs and detailed drawings of people and structures. 9x12<"> Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253330437
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 12.33(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

JEAN-PAUL BOURDIER, Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, is the editor and co-founder of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. TRINH T. MINH-HA, Professor in the Departments of Women's Studies and Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of a number of books, including Woman, Native, Other. Her films are Reassemblage, Naked Spaces — Living Is Round, Surname Viet Given Name Nam, Shoot for the Contents, and A Tale of Love.

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