Making and Growing: Anthropological Studies of Organisms and Artefacts (Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception)

Making and Growing: Anthropological Studies of Organisms and Artefacts (Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception)

By: Elizabeth Hallam (editor), Professor Tim Ingold (editor), Professor Tim Ingold (series_editor)Hardback

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Making and Growing brings together the latest work in the fields of anthropology and material culture studies to explore the differences - and the relation - between making things and growing things, and between things that are made and things that grow. Though the former are often regarded as artefacts and the latter as organisms, the book calls this distinction into question, examining the implications for our understanding of materials, design and creativity. Grounding their arguments in case studies from different regions and historical periods, the contributors to this volume show how making and growing give rise to co-produced and mutually modifying organisms and artefacts, including human persons. They attend to the properties of materials and to the forms of knowledge and sensory experience involved in these processes, and explore the dynamics of making and undoing, growing and decomposition. The book will be of broad interest to scholars in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, material culture studies, history and sociology.

About Author

Elizabeth Hallam is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and Research Associate in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford, UK. She is the author of the forthcoming Anatomy Museum: Death and the Body Displayed, co-author of Death, Memory and Material Culture, and co-editor of Medical Museums: Past, Present, Future, and Creativity and Cultural Improvisation. Tim Ingold is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He is the author of The Perception of the Environment, Being Alive, Lines, and Making, editor of Redrawing Anthropology, and co-editor of Ways of Walking and Imagining Landscapes.


Contents: Preface; Making and growing: an introduction, Tim Ingold and Elizabeth Hallam; Silk production: moths, mulberry and metamorphosis, Jacqueline Field; Between nature and art: casting from life in sixteenth-century Europe, Pamela H. Smith; Anatomopoeia, Elizabeth Hallam; Artefacts and bodies among Kuna people from PanamA!, Paolo Fortis; Designing body-pots in the formative La Candelaria culture, Northwest Argentina, Benjamin Alberti; Stitching lives: a family history of making caribou skin clothing in the Canadian Arctic, Nancy Wachowich; Gardening and wellbeing: a view from the ground, Anne Jepson; Making plants and growing baskets, Stephanie Bunn; Skill and aging: perspectives from three generations of English woodworkers, Trevor H.J. Marchand; Movement in making: an apprenticeship with glass and fire, Frances Liardet; Growing granite: the recombinant geologies of sludge, David A. Paton and Caitlin DeSilvey. Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781409436423
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 258
  • ID: 9781409436423
  • weight: 630
  • ISBN10: 140943642X

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