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Beyond Nature and Culture (Paperback): Philippe Descola Beyond Nature and Culture (Paperback)
Philippe Descola; Translated by Janet Lloyd; Foreword by Marshall Sahlins
R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Successor to Claude Levi-Strausa at the College de France, Philippe Descola has become one of the most important anthropologists working today, and Beyond Nature and Culture has been a major influence in European intellectual life since its publication in 2005. Here, finally, it is brought to English-language readers. At its heart is a question central to both anthropology and philosophy: what is the relationship between nature and culture? Culture - as a collective human making, of art, language, and so forth - is often seen as essentially different than nature, which is portrayed as a collective of the nonhuman world, of plants, animals, geology, and natural forces. Descola shows this essential difference to be, however, not only a specifically Western notion, but also a very recent one. Drawing on ethnographic examples from around the world and theoretical understandings from cognitive science, structural analysis, and phenomenology, he formulates a sophisticated new framework, the "four ontologies" - animism, totemism, naturalism, and analogism - to account for all the ways we relate ourselves to nature. By thinking beyond nature and culture as a simple dichotomy, Descola offers nothing short of a fundamental reformulation by which anthropologists and philosophers can see the world afresh.

Wilderness (English, German, Hardcover): Esther Schlicht Wilderness (English, German, Hardcover)
Esther Schlicht; Text written by Philippe Descola, Karen Kurczynski, Johanna Laub, Reiko Tomii, …
R1,114 R897 Discovery Miles 8 970 Save R217 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, "wilderness" has returned in art. Expeditions as an artistic medium, visions of a post-human world, or renegotiations of the relationship between human beings and animals influence the work of many contemporary artists. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination. The exhibition brings together paintings, photographs, video works, sculptures, and installations from 1900 to the present. Artists: Darren Almond, Karel Appel, Hicham Berrada, Auguste-Rosalie and Louis-Auguste Bisson, Julian Charriere, Ian Cheng, Marcus Coates, Constant (Constant Nieuwenhuys), Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Joan Fontcuberta, Luke Fowler, GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), Camille Henrot, Pieter Hugo, Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Jacob Kirkegaard, Joachim Koester, Richard Long, Heinz Mack, Ana Mendieta, Helmut Middendorf, Richard Oelze, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gerhard Richter, Briton Riviere, Henri Rousseau, Lin May Saeed, Frank Stella, Thomas Struth, Carleton E. Watkins. Text in English and German.

Jenseits von Natur und Kultur (German, Paperback): Philippe Descola Jenseits von Natur und Kultur (German, Paperback)
Philippe Descola
R680 R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Save R75 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle (Paperback): Philippe Descola Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle (Paperback)
Philippe Descola
R549 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R102 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Spears of Twilight is the extraordinary story of three years among the legendary Jivaro Indians of South America by Philippe Descola, a student of Claude Levi-Strauss. Isolated in the jungle of the Upper Amazon on the border of Ecuador and Peru, the Achuar are a tribe of Jivaros whose reputation for headhunting has kept them safe for centuries from incursions by whites. The Spears of Twilight is the story of Descola's years among them and a tribute to their resistance. Chronicling his growing intellectual and emotional intimacy with the Achuar, Descola leads the reader through the joys and sorrows of their daily life: the drama of their remarkable belligerence, the poetry of their magical songs, and the excitement of their mystic encounters with the spirits of ancestors. The Spears of Twilight is also a fascinating narrative of Descola's gradual comprehension of the Achuar's consciousness; through the book a sophisticated and unusual cosmology emerges that deeply undermines our own understanding of time, religion, nature, and society.

The Sex Thieves - The Anthropology of a Rumor (Paperback): Julien Bonhomme, Dominic Horsfall, Philippe Descola The Sex Thieves - The Anthropology of a Rumor (Paperback)
Julien Bonhomme, Dominic Horsfall, Philippe Descola
R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

While working in Africa, anthropologist Julien Bonhomme encountered an astonishing phenomenon: people being accused of stealing or shrinking the genitals of strangers on the simple occasion of a handshake on the street. As he soon discovered, these accusations can have dramatic outcomes: the "sex thieves" are often targeted by large crowds and publicly lynched. Moreover, such rumors are an extremely widespread practice, having affected almost half of the African continent since the 1970s. In this book, Bonhomme examines the story of the "penis snatcher," asking larger questions about how to account for such a phenomenon unique in its spatial and temporal scale without falling prey to the cliche of Africa as an exotic other. Bonhomme argues that the public belief in sex thieves cannot be considered a superstition or form of mass hysteria. Rather, he brings to light multiple factors that explain the rumor's success and shows how the cultural dynamic can operate on a vast scale. Analyzing the rumor on both transnational and local levels, he demonstrates how it arises from the ambiguities and dangers of anonymity, and thus that it reveals an occult flipside to everyday social interaction. Altogether, this book provides both richly ethnographic and theoretical understandings of urban sociality and the dynamics of human communication in contemporary Africa and beyond.

In the Society of Nature - A Native Ecology in Amazonia (Paperback, New Ed): Philippe Descola In the Society of Nature - A Native Ecology in Amazonia (Paperback, New Ed)
Philippe Descola; Translated by Nora Scott
R1,249 Discovery Miles 12 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Achuar Indians of the Upper Amazon have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management. The author documents their knowledge of the environment, and explains how it is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society.

In the Society of Nature - A Native Ecology in Amazonia (Hardcover): Philippe Descola In the Society of Nature - A Native Ecology in Amazonia (Hardcover)
Philippe Descola; Translated by Nora Scott
R2,413 Discovery Miles 24 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Achuar Indians of the Upper Amazon have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management. The author documents their knowledge of the environment, and explains how it is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society.

Nature and Society - Anthropological Perspectives (Paperback): Philippe Descola, Gisli Palsson Nature and Society - Anthropological Perspectives (Paperback)
Philippe Descola, Gisli Palsson
R930 R833 Discovery Miles 8 330 Save R97 (10%) Out of stock


The contributors to this book focus on the relationship between nature and society from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives. Their work draws upon recent developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology, epistemology, sociology of science, and a wide array of ethnographic case studies -- from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, the Mollucan Islands, rural comunities from Japan and north-west Europe, urban Greece, and laboratories of molecular biology and high-energy physics. The discussion is divided into three parts, emphasising the problems posed by the nature-culture dualism, some misguided attempts to respond to these problems, and potential avenues out of the current dilemmas of ecological discourse.

The Ecology of Others Question of Nature (Paperback): Philippe Descola, Genevieve Godbout, Benjamin P. Luley The Ecology of Others Question of Nature (Paperback)
Philippe Descola, Genevieve Godbout, Benjamin P. Luley
R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Out of stock

Since the end of the nineteenth century, the division between nature and culture has been fundamental to Western thought. In this groundbreaking work, renowned anthropologist Philippe Descola seeks to break down this divide, arguing for a departure from the anthropocentric model and its rigid dualistic conception of nature and culture as distinct phenomena. In its stead, Descola proposes a radical new worldview, in which beings and objects, human and nonhuman, are understood through the complex relationships between them. The "Ecology of Others" presents a compelling challenge to anthropologists, ecologists, and environmental studies scholars to rethink the way we conceive of humans, objects, and the environment. Thought-provoking and engagingly written, it will be required reading for all those interested in moving beyond the current confines of this fascinating debate.

Le Vegetal, Savoir Et Pratiques (2) (French, Paperback): Florence Brunois, Jean-Marie Chevalier, Aurelien Gabriel Cohen,... Le Vegetal, Savoir Et Pratiques (2) (French, Paperback)
Florence Brunois, Jean-Marie Chevalier, Aurelien Gabriel Cohen, Philippe Descola, Monica Gagliano, …
R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Out of stock
Nature and Society - Anthropological Perspectives (Hardcover): Philippe Descola, Gisli Palsson Nature and Society - Anthropological Perspectives (Hardcover)
Philippe Descola, Gisli Palsson
R2,730 Discovery Miles 27 300 Out of stock


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European Association of Social Anthropologists

Beyond Nature and Culture (Hardcover): Philippe Descola Beyond Nature and Culture (Hardcover)
Philippe Descola; Translated by Janet Lloyd; Foreword by Marshall Sahlins
R1,693 Discovery Miles 16 930 Out of stock

Successor to Claude Levi-Strauss at the College de France, Philippe Descola has become one of the most important anthropologists working today, and Beyond Nature and Culture has been a major influence in European intellectual life since its French publication in 2005. Here, finally, it is brought to English-language readers. At its heart is a question central to both anthropology and philosophy: what is the relationship between nature and culture? Culture - as a collective human making, of art, language, and so forth - is often seen as essentially different than nature, which is portrayed as a collective of the nonhuman world, of plants, animals, geology, and natural forces. Descola shows this essential difference to be, however, not only a specifically Western notion, but also a very recent one. Drawing on ethnographic examples from around the world and theoretical understandings from cognitive science, structural analysis, and phenomenology, he formulates a sophisticated new framework, the "four ontologies" - animism, totemism, naturalism, and analogism - to account for all the ways we relate ourselves to nature. By thinking beyond nature and culture as a simple dichotomy, Descola offers nothing short of a fundamental reformulation by which anthropologists and philosophers can see the world afresh.

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