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Exploring Materiality and Connectivity in Anthropology and Beyond

Edited by Philipp Schorch, Martin Saxer, and Marlen Elders

Exploring Materiality and Connectivity in Anthropology and Beyond

Edited by Philipp Schorch, Martin Saxer, and Marlen Elders

Distributed for UCL Press

282 pages | 41 color plates | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781787357495 Will Publish June 2020 For sale in North America only
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781787357501 Will Publish June 2020 For sale in North America only
Exploring Materiality and Connectivity in Anthropology and Beyond provides a new look at the old anthropological concern with materiality and connectivity. It understands materiality, not as defined property of some-thing, nor does it take connectivity as merely a relation between discrete entities. It sees materiality and connectivity as two interrelated modes in which an entity is, or more precisely – is becoming, in the world. Throughout the four-year research process that led to this book, the authors approached this question not just from a theoretical perspective; taking the suggestion of 'thinking through things' literally and methodologically seriously, the first two workshops were dedicated to practical, hands-on exercises working with things. From these workshops a series of installations emerged, straddling the boundaries of art and academia. Throughout the pages of this volume, the reader is invited to travel beyond imaginaries of a universe of separate planets united by connections, and to venture with us instead into the thicket of thing~ties in which we live.
 
Contents
Introduction: Materiality and Connectivity Martin Saxer and Philipp Schorch Part 1    ConceptualGrounds 1. In the GatheringShadows of Material Things Tim Ingold 2. Doing/ChangingThings/Us Philipp W. Stockhammer Part 2    Movementand Growth 3. Becoming Imperial: The Politicisation of the Gift in Atlantic Africa Julia Binter 4. How Pilgrimage Souvenirs Turn to Religious Remittances and Powerful Medicines Catrien Notermans and Jean Kommers 5. Invocatingthe Gods or the Apotheosis of the Barbie Doll Natalie Göltenboth 6. Stallions of the IndianOcean SrinivasReddy 7. Labelling, Packaging, Scanning:Paths and Diversions of Mobile Phones in the Andes Juliane Müller 8. Establishing Intimacythrough Mobile Phone Connections Anna-Maria Walter                Part 3    Dissolutionand Traces 9. Smoky Relations: BeyondDichotomies of Substance on the Tibetan Plateau Gillian G. Tan 10. What Remains: TheThings that Fall to the Side of Everyday Life Marc Higgin 11. Apocalyptic Sublimes and the Recalibration of Distance: Doing Art-Anthropology in Post-Disaster Japan Jennifer Clarke 12. Towards a FragmentedEthnography? Walking Along Debris in Armero, Colombia Lorenzo Granada 13. Remembering andNon-Remembering Among the Yanomami Gabriele Herzog-Schröder 14. TheMatter of Erasure: Making Room for Utopia atNonoalco-Tlatelolco, Mexico City Adam Kaasa 15. Refugee Life Jackets ThrownOff but Not Away: Connecting Materialities in Upcycling Initiatives Elia Petridou 16. Tamga Tash: A Tale ofStones, Stories, and Travelling Immobiles Lisa Francesca Rail Index
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