An Anthropology of Absence: Materializations of by Mikkel Bille, Frida Hastrup, Tim Flohr Soerensen

By Mikkel Bille, Frida Hastrup, Tim Flohr Soerensen

In learning fabric tradition, anthropologists and archaeologists use significant actual gadgets from a tradition to assist comprehend the fewer tangible points of that tradition, reminiscent of societal constitution, rituals, and values. What occurs whilst those gadgets are destroyed, by way of conflict, common catastrophe, or different historic occasions? via particular motives of 11 foreign case experiences, the contributions demonstrate that the absence of gadgets could 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 struggle, The Anthropology of Absence is written at an incredible intersection of archaeological and anthropological learn. Divided into 3 sections, this quantity makes use of the "presence" of absence to check cultural perceptions of: fabric characteristics and created reminiscence, the mind/body connection, temporality, and dying.

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

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And so the ethnologist must begin by stripping society of these and the many other technologies introduced during the Industrial Age. Then “should be removed the modern sciences; religious freedom and the common schools; representative democracy;” etc. (1974: 30). Remove coinage, civil law, and cavalry. Then poetry, the potter’s wheel, the popular assembly. On and on, down through domesticated plants and dug-out canoes, until, “when this work of elimination has been done,” when humanity has been stripped of all its things, “we shall have approached quite near the infantile period of man’s existence” (1974: 36) – which in the anthropology of the day was essentially equivalent to aboriginal Australia or Tierra del Fuego.

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