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The Qualities of Time : Anthropologi - Wendy;Mills,David James

The Qualities of Time


Hardcover Published: 12th January 2004
ISBN: 9781845200459
Number Of Pages: 392

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This book explores the relevance of classical ideas in the anthropology of time tothe way we understand history, participate in the events around us, and experienceour lives. Time is not just an abstract principle we live by or a local cultural construct: it is shaped, punctuated, organized, and suffered in complex ways by real people negotiating their lives and relations with others. Space may be opened up for politics, violence or revolutionary change within the framework of ceremonial markers of social time: holy days, festivals and carnivals. People create and recreate patterns in the way they imagine the past, present and future at such moments, through material objects, language, symbolic action and bodily experience. The rhythms of social life, including periodic episodes of sacred or special time, interact with 'historical events' in strange ways. They are fundamental not only to the human condition but to the making andremembering of history, as well as to what we recognize as the unexpected or abnormal. The Qualities of Time brings anthropologists and archaeologists together in a new conversation about the 'patterns' of our understanding and experience of time. The authors reflect on how we should interpret evidence about the distant past, andhow far the structuring of social time is a human universal. They also consider whether anthropology itself has been so oriented to the present it has still to develop ways of dealing with temporality. The interactions of time-structures, ceremonials, and specific historical events, including violence inspired by the millennium, are interrogated. The experience of individuals who feel the times are for them 'out of joint' is also examined. By combining socio-cultural, philosophical and historical approaches, thisthought-provoking book moves anthropological debates about time's qualities wellbeyond existing studies.This book explores the relevance of classical ideas in the anthropology of time toth

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Living Rhythms@ Personhood In and Out of Time
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Life Made Strange: An Essay on the Re-inhabitation of Bodies and Landscapes
Time Inscribed in Space, and the Processs of Diagnosis in African and Chinese Medical Practices
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ISBN: 9781845200459
ISBN-10: 1845200454
Series: Asa Monographs
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 12th January 2004
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1