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By Mikkel Bille, Frida Hastrup, Tim Flohr Soerensen

ISBN-10: 1441955283

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In learning fabric tradition, anthropologists and archaeologists use significant actual gadgets from a tradition to aid comprehend the fewer tangible features of that tradition, comparable to societal constitution, rituals, and values. What occurs while those gadgets are destroyed, by way of conflict, typical catastrophe, or different historic occasions? via particular factors of 11 foreign case reports, the contributions display that the absence of gadgets might be simply as telling as their presence, whereas the gadgets created to memorialize a loss even have vital cultural implications.

Covering every little thing from organ donation, to funerary rituals, to prisoners of warfare, The Anthropology of Absence is written at an immense intersection of archaeological and anthropological research. Divided into 3 sections, this quantity makes use of the "presence" of absence to match cultural perceptions of: fabric traits and created reminiscence, the mind/body connection, temporality, and dying.

This wealthy textual content offers a robust theoretical framework for anthropologists and archaeologists learning fabric culture.

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The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning, Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Chapter 2 People Without Things Severin Fowles “… well then, let’s have less of that. ” – John Zerzan (in Versluis 2008:160) Introduction It is easy to understand the puzzlement of colleagues who are unsure what to make of the increasing number of anthropologists who bemoan anthropocentrism. We can forgive their sideways glances when they hear that social scientists are “now look[ing] to gain maturity by burying the corpse of our imperial majesty: society” (Miller 2005: 37).

Without question, a turn toward things is achieved, and we begin to appreciate the world as a network of actors, some human and some nonhuman, whose encounters and alliances transform the state of affairs and collectively lead to violence or nonviolence. Nevertheless, as the relations between hard material things become illuminated, a shadow is simultaneously cast upon the many absent things that have their own part to play in the action. This becomes clearer when we suspend the project of symmetry for a moment and consider more carefully the situated positions of the humans involved, particularly the members of the NRA.

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