An anthropology of things /

The aim of this book is to highlight the important roles that things play in our everyday lives by examining how things and humans interact. Based on ethnographical data from Asia, Africa and Oceania, we challenge the instrumentalist idea that humans alone are subjects with agency (freedom to act) w...

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Uniform title:Mono no jinruigaku. English
Imprint:Kyoto, Japan : Kyoto University Press ; Balwyn North, Victoria, Australia : Trans Pacific Press, [2018]
Description:xiv, 406 pages ; 24 cm
Language:English
Subject:Material culture.
Society & Social Sciences.
Material culture
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11683347
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Other authors / contributors:Tokoro, Ikuya, 1965- editor.
Kawai, Kaori, 1961- editor.
ISBN:9781925608984
1925608980
Notes:Translated from Japanese.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Summary:The aim of this book is to highlight the important roles that things play in our everyday lives by examining how things and humans interact. Based on ethnographical data from Asia, Africa and Oceania, we challenge the instrumentalist idea that humans alone are subjects with agency (freedom to act) while things are merely objects at their disposal. Anthropologists have, typically, viewed things through anthropocentric lenses; reducing things to social function or cultural meaning. Our approach is to shift the question from "what do things mean?" to "what do they do (cause)?" - a shift from meaning to agency. Using an interdisciplinary approach, including researchers from archaeology, ecological anthropology and primatology, as well as cultural anthropologists, and taking the broadest understanding of things, this book probes the permeable boundaries between subject and object, mind and body, and between humans and things to demonstrate that cultures and things are mutually constitutive.

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