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Anthropology of time : Cultural - Alfred Gell

Anthropology of time


Paperback Published: 7th January 2001
ISBN: 9780854968909
Number Of Pages: 352

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Time - relentless, ever-present but intangible and the single element over which human beings have no absolute control - has long proved a puzzle. The author examines the phenomenon of time and asks such fascinating questions as how time impinges on people, to what extent our awareness of time is culturally conditioned, how societies deal with temporal problems and whether time can be considered a `resource' to be economized. More specifically, he provides a consistent and detailed analysis of theories put forward by a number of thinkers such as Durkheim, Evans-Pritchard, Lévi-Strauss, Geertz, Piaget, Husserl and Bourdieu. His discussion encompasses four main approaches in time research, namely developmental psychology, symbolic anthropology (covering the bulk of post-Durkheimian social anthropology) `economic' theories of time in social geography and, finally, phenomenological theories. The author concludes by presenting his own model of social/cognitive time, in the light of these critical discussions of the literature.

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'Arguing forcefully against a number of distinguished anthropologists and his own earlier work, [Alfred Gell] has produced a critical review of the literature which is original, disturbing and sometimes brilliant...' MAN 'Gell takes a broad sweep and his book is likely to be the standard one in this field for some time to come.' Cosmos '... Gell's work is most likely a probe, but - I must add - a very brilliant one.' Ibero-Americana Pragensia

Differences in the Cognition of Time attributed to Society and Culture
Time-Reversal in Umeda ritual
Cultural Relationism
Transcendental Temporal-Cultural Relativism
Bali: the `Motionless' Present
Anti-Durkheimian Anti-Relativism
Contrasted Regimes
Psychological Evidence for the Universality of Time Cognition
Piagetian Developmental Psychology
Critique of the Piagetian Approach to Time-Cognition
Linguistic Arguments for the Cognitive Universality of Time
The Development of Time-Talk
Time-maps and Cognition - Time in Philosophy: the A-series vs. the B-series
The B-series
The A-series
B-theory economics versus A-theory Economics
The Economics of Temporal Opportunity Costs
Opportunity Costs and the Fatefulness of Human Existence
Husserl's Model of Internal Time-Consciousness
The Temporal-Perceptual Cycle
The Modalization and Counterfactuality of Time-Maps
Time and Practice - The Natural Attitude and the Theory of Practice
The Theory of Practice and the Timing of Exchanges
A-series: B-series - gemeinschaft : gesellschaft - Them : Us
Calendars and Consensual co-ordination
Calendars and Power
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ISBN: 9780854968909
ISBN-10: 0854968903
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 7th January 2001
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1