Making and growing: Anthropological studies of organisms and artefacts

Elizabeth Hallam (Editor), Tim Ingold (Editor)

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Making and Growing brings together the latest work in the fields of anthropology and material culture studies to explore the differences-and the relation-between making things and growing things, and between things that are made and things that grow. Though the former are often regarded as artefacts and the latter as organisms, the book calls this distinction into question, examining the implications for our understanding of materials, design and creativity. Grounding their arguments in case studies from different regions and historical periods, the contributors to this volume show how making and growing give rise to co-produced and mutually modifying organisms and artefacts, including human persons. They attend to the properties of materials and to the forms of knowledge and sensory experience involved in these processes, and explore the dynamics of making and undoing, growing and decomposition. The book will be of broad interest to scholars in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, material culture studies, history and sociology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFarnham
Number of pages258
ISBN (Electronic)9781409436430, 9781472402608
ISBN (Print)9781409436423
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAnthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception

Bibliographical note

© Elizabeth Hallam and Tim Ingold and the contributors 2014. All rights reserved.


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