Nomadic and indigenous spaces: productions and cognitions

David G. Anderson*

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Miggelbrink, Judith , Joachim Otto Habeck, Nuccio Mazzullo & Peter Koch (eds). Nomadic and indigenous spaces: productions and cognitions. xvi, 281 pp., maps, figs, illus., bibliogrs. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.
This wide-ranging, ethnographically grounded edited volume is the result of a conference of the same title held in Leipzig in February 2011. The volume has a detailed, theoretical introduction followed by eleven substantive chapters, of which two are theoretical studies. The remaining nine chapters are ethnographic studies framed in a variety of perspectives on the theme of people and place. The volume is quite unique in that seven of the ethnographic studies are from the Arctic and Subarctic of Eurasia – two Saami studies and five from Siberia (Nenets, Evenki, Buriat, and one general study on law). As exceptions, the last chapter, by Claudio Aporto, examines new wayfinding technologies among Canadian Inuit and a preliminary chapter by Denis Retaillé explores the concept of mobile space in the Sahel. The volume concludes with a short epilogue by Tim Ingold on the relation between movement and place which addresses a divide within the volume between cognitivist approaches and chapters based on observing knowledge-in-practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-447
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Issue number2
Early online date8 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


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