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World: An anthropological examination

Pina-Cabral, Joao (2017) World: An anthropological examination. Malinowski Monographs . University of Chicago Press, 232 pp. ISBN 978-0-9973675-0-8. (KAR id:64736)

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What do we mean when we refer to world? How does the world relate to the human person? Are the two interdependent and, if so, in what way? What does world mean for an ethnographer or an anthropologist? Much has been said of worlds and worldviews, but do we really know what we mean by these words? Asking these questions and many more, this book explores the conditions of possibility of the ethnographic gesture, and how these shed light on the relationship between humans and the world in the midst of which they find themselves. As Pina-Cabral shows, recent decades have seen important shifts in the way we relate human thought to human embodiment—the relation between how we think and what we are. The book proposes a novel approach to the human condition: an anthropological outlook that is centered around the notions of personhood and sociality. It explores these and other central concepts of anthropological theory in the light of rich confrontations with ethnographic and historical material, thus contributing towards the ongoing task of overcoming the theoretical constraints that have hampered anthropological thinking over the past century.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: World; person; kinship; wording; participation; imagination; worldview
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Joao de Pina Cabral
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2017 15:16 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 10:30 UTC
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