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Exploring Materiality and Connectivity in Anthropology and Beyond provides a new look at the old anthropological concern with materiality and connectivity. It understands materiality not as defined property of some-thing, nor does it take connectivity as merely a relation between discrete entities. Somewhat akin to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, it sees materiality and connectivity as two interrelated modes in which an entity is, or more precisely – is becoming, in the world. The question, thus, is how these two modes of becoming relate and fold into each other. Throughout the four-year research process that led to this book, the authors approached this question not just from a theoretical perspective; taking the suggestion of 'thinking through things' literally and methodologically seriously, the first two workshops were dedicated to practical, hands-on exercises working with things. From these workshops a series of installations emerged, straddling the boundaries of art and academia. These installations served as artistic-academic interventions during the final symposium and are featured alongside the other academic contributions to this volume. Throughout this process, two main themes emerged and structure Part II, Movement and Growth, and Part III, Dissolution and Traces, of the present volume, respectively. Part I, Conceptual Grounds, consists of two chapters offering conceptual takes on things and ties – one from anthropology and one from archaeology. As interrelated modes of becoming, materiality and connectivity make it necessary to coalesce things and ties into thing~ties – an insight toward which the chapters and interventions came from different sides, and one in which the initial proposition of the editors still shines through. Throughout the pages of this volume, we invite the reader to travel beyond imaginaries of a universe of separate planets united by connections, and to venture with us instead into the thicket of thing~ties in which we live.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. List of figures
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  1. Notes on contributors
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction: Materiality and Connectivity
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  1. Part I: Conceptual Grounds
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  1. 1. In the gathering shadows fo material things
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  1. 2. Doing/changing things/us
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  1. Part II: Movement and Growth
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  1. 3. Becoming imperial: the politicisation of the gift in Atlantic Africa
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  1. 4. How pilgrimage souvenirs turn into religious remittances and powerful medicine
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  1. 5. Invoking the gods, or the apotheosis of the Barbie doll
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  1. 6. Stallions of the Indian Ocean
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  1. 7. Labelling, packaging, scanning: paths and diversions of mobile phones in the Andes
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  1. 8. Establishing intimacy through mobile phone connections
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  1. Part III: Dissolution and Traces
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  1. 9. Smoky relations: beyond dichotomies of substance on the Tibetan Plateau
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  1. 10. What remains: the things that fall to the side of everyday life
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  1. 11. Apocalyptic sublimes and the recalibration of distance: doing art-anthropology in post-disaster Japan
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  1. 12. Towards a fragmented ethnography? Walking along debris in Armero, Colombia
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  1. 13. Remembering and non-remembering among the Yanomami
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  1. 14. The matter of erasure: making room for utopia at Nonoalco-Tlatelolco, Mexico City
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  1. 15. Refugee life jackets thrown off but not away: connecting materialities in upcycling initiatives
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  1. 16. Tamga tash: a tale of stones, stories and travelling immobiles
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  1. Index
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  1. Ancient Knowledge Networks
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787357488
Related ISBN
9781787357495
MARC Record
OCLC
1170490861
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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