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Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description

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"For three decades, Tim Ingold’s has been one of the most consistently exploratory and provocative voices in contemporary scholarship. This book leads us, in prose that is exactingly lucid and charged with poetic eloquence, on a journey through, amongst other things, Chinese calligraphy, line drawing, carpentry, kite flying, Australian Aboriginal painting, native Alaskan storytelling, web-spinning arachnids, the art of walking and, not least, the history of anthropology, none of which will ever look quite the same again! The work is at once a meditation on questions central to anthropology, art practice, human ecology and philosophy, a passionate rebuttal of reductionisms of all kinds, a celebration of creativity understood in the broadest possible sense and a humane and generous manual for living in a world of becoming."

- Stuart McLean, University of Minnesota, USA

"Simultaneously intimate and all-encompassing, Tim Ingold’s second landmark collection of essays explains how it feels to craft an existence between earth and sky, among plants and animals, across childhood and old age. A master of the form, Ingold shows how aliveness is the essential resource for an affirmative philosophy of life."

- Hayden Lorimer, University of Glasgow, UK

"In these iconoclastic essays, Ingold breaks the dichotomies of likeness and difference to show that anthropology’s subject, and with it that of the human sciences more generally, is not constituted by polarities like that of space contra place, but by a movement along paths that compose a being that is as alive to the sentient world as this world is to its human inhabitants."

- Kenneth Olwig, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

About the Author

Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He is the author of The Perception of the Environment and Lines.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415576849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415576840
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More brilliant Ingold. There should be an international holiday for reading this man's work!

Tim Ingold is a true transdisciplinarian. While the specialization of scientific discourse has allowed many to simply ignore the complexities of whole systems, and the human experience of being within and of these systems, Ingold brilliantly departs from these fragmented "views" and charges directly toward that experience of being.

"Being Alive" is the next step for those trying to understand what it means to be human.
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Excellent reading.
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