The Anthropology of Time
Cultural Constructions of Temporal Maps and Images
By (author) Alfred Gell
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Anthropology of Time by Alfred Gell
Book DescriptionTime - relentless, ever-present but intangible and the single element over which human beings have no absolute control - has long proved a puzzle. The author examines the phenomenon of time and asks such fascinating questions as how time impinges on people, to what extent our awareness of time is culturally conditioned, how societies deal with temporal problems and whether time can be considered a 'resource' to be economized. More specifically, he provides a consistent and detailed analysis of theories put forward by a number of thinkers such as Durkheim, Evans-Pritchard, Levi-Strauss, Geertz, Piaget, Husserl and Bourdieu. His discussion encompasses four main approaches in time research, namely developmental psychology, symbolic anthropology (covering the bulk of post-Durkheimian social anthropology) 'economic' theories of time in social geography and, finally, phenomenological theories. The author concludes by presenting his own model of social/cognitive time, in the light of these critical discussions of the literature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780854968909
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alfred Gell
Art of Anthropology, Paperback (January 1999)
Collects the author's writings. This title demonstrates his theoretical and empirical interests and his distinctive contribution to several key areas of anthropological enquiry. It is suitable for art historians, sociologists and geographers, and includes ideas about exchange, representation, aesthetics, and spatial and temporal processes.
Art and Agency, Hardback (July 1998)
Completed just before Alfred Gell's death in January 1997, this book embodies the characteristics for which he was admired. The book aims to challenge the basis of the way art has been viewed in the human sciences. It presents a fundamental theory for an anthropology of art.
Wrapping in Images, Paperback (March 1996)View all books by Alfred Gell
Wrapping in Images is a comparative analysis of tattooing in Polynesia in its original setting. It shows how tattooing played a key role in the social construction of the person in the main Polynesian societies, and provides a new perspective on Polynesian comparative sociology.
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Author Biography - Alfred Gell
Alfred Gell formerly taught at the London School of Economics
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