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By Mikkel Bille, Frida Hastrup, Tim Flohr Soerensen

ISBN-10: 1441955283

ISBN-13: 9781441955289

In learning fabric tradition, anthropologists and archaeologists use significant actual items from a tradition to aid comprehend the fewer tangible facets of that tradition, corresponding to societal constitution, rituals, and values. What occurs whilst those gadgets are destroyed, by means of warfare, ordinary catastrophe, or different old occasions? via specified factors of 11 foreign case reports, the contributions demonstrate that the absence of gadgets should be simply as telling as their presence, whereas the items created to memorialize a loss even have vital cultural implications.

Covering every thing from organ donation, to funerary rituals, to prisoners of conflict, The Anthropology of Absence is written at an enormous intersection of archaeological and anthropological examine. Divided into 3 sections, this quantity makes use of the "presence" of absence to match cultural perceptions of: fabric features and created reminiscence, the mind/body connection, temporality, and loss of life.

This wealthy textual content presents a robust theoretical framework for anthropologists and archaeologists learning fabric culture.

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What I find more interesting, however, is the analytical method he employed to draw non-Western societies into the evolutionary metanarrative. Morgan stripped away things and institutions as a means of revealing and situating primitivity, an act of methodological disrobing that cannot be divorced from the deep-seated Victorian preoccupation with the nakedness of native peoples. During the nineteenth century “nakedness symbolized readability and legibility” writes Philippa Levine (2008: 198–199).

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