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Senses of Place
Edited by Steven Feld and Keith H. Basso
The complex relationship of people to places has come under increasing scholarly scrutiny in recent years as acute global conditions of exile, displacement, and inflamed borders-to say nothing of struggles by indigenous peoples and cultural minorities for ancestral homelands, land rights, and retention of sacred places-have brought the political question of place into sharp focus. But to date, little attention has been paid to the ethnography of place, to how people actually live in, perceive, and invest with meaning the places they call home.
In this compelling new volume, eight respected ethnographers explore and lyrically evoke the ways in which people experience, express, imagine, and know the places in which they live. Case studies range from the Apaches of Arizona’s White Mountains to the residents of backwoods “hollers” in Appalachia and the Kaluli people of New Guinea’s rainforests. As these writers confront the dilemmas and possibilities of an anthropological consideration of place, they make an important and moving contribution to our understanding of ourselves.
1996. 310 pp., 18 black-and-white illustrations, references, notes, index, 6 x 9
Contributors: Keith H. Basso, Karen I. Blu, Edward S. Casey, Steven Feld, Charles O. Frake, Clifford Geertz, Miriam Kahn, Kathleen C. Stewart
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Watch our twenty-fifth-anniversary book talk, a discussion of developments in the field between Steven Feld, Amahl Bishara, and Kristina Lyons.
—Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
“This is a volume that should be cited in the literature for decades to come.”
—Peter R. Schmidt, University of Florida
- How to Get from Space to Place in a Fairly Short Stretch of Time: Phenomenological Prolegomena
Edward S. Casey
- Wisdom Sits in Places: Notes on a Western Apache Landscape
Keith H. Basso
- Waterfalls of Song: An Acoustemology of Place Resounding in Boasvi, Papua New Guinea
- An Occupied Place
Kathleen C. Stewart
- Your Place and Mine: Sharing Emotional Landscapes in Wamira, Papua New Guinea
- “Where Do You Stay At?”: Homeplace and Community among the Lumbee
Karen I. Blu
- Pleasant Places, Past Times, and Sheltered Identity in Rural East Anglia
Charles O. Frake
- Acequia: Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place, by Sylvia Rodríguez, 2006
- The Chaco Experience: Landscape and Ideology at the Center Place, by Ruth Van Dyke, 2008
- Exchanging Words: Language, Ritual, and Relationality in Brazil’s Xingu Indigenous Park, by Christopher Ball, 2018
- Fixing the Books: Secrecy, Literacy, and Perfectibility in Indigenous New Mexico, by Erin Debenport, 2015
- The Santa Fe Fiesta, Reinvented, by Sarah Horton, 2010