A World of Relationships: Itineraries, Dreams, and Events in the Australian Western Desert (Anthropological Horizons)
By: Sylvie Poirer (author)Paperback
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A World of Relationships is an ethnographical account and anthropological study of the cultural use and social potential of dreams among Aboriginal groups of the Australian Western Desert. The outcome of fieldwork conducted in the area in the 1980s and 90s, it was originally published in French as Les jardins du nomade: Cosmologie, territoire et personne dans le desert occidental australien. In her study, Sylvie Poirier explores the contemporary Aboriginal system of knowledge and law through an analysis of the relationships between the ancestral order, the 'sentient' land, and human agencies. At the ethnographical and analytical levels, particular attention is given to a range of local narratives and stories, and to the cultural construction of individual experiences. Poirier also investigates the cultural system of dreams and dreaming, and the process of their socialization, analysing their ideological, semantic, pragmatic, and experiential dimensions.
Through the synthesis of a complex and diverse range of theoretical and empirical materials, A World of Relationships offers new insights into Australian Aboriginal sociality, historicity, and dynamics of cultural change and ritual innovation.
Sylvie Poirier is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Universite Laval.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1 A Place like Balgo: A Story of Accommodation, Resistance, and Misunderstandings 2 Ancestrality, Sentient Places, and Social Spaces 3 Sociality, Mobility, and Composite Identity 4 Ways of Being, Relating, and Knowing 5 The Social Setting of Dreams and Dreaming 6 Ritual Vitality and Mobility Conclusion: Ancestrality, Imaginary, and Historicity
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