The Anthropology of Landscape: Perspectives on Place and Space

Paperback | June 1, 1995

EditorEric Hirsch, Michael Ohanlon

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Landscape has long had a submerged presence within anthropology, both as a framing device which informs the way the anthropologist brings his or her study into "view", and as the meaning imputed by local people to their cultural and physical surroundings. A principal aim of this volumefollows from these interconnected ways of considering landscape: the conventional, Western notion of "landscape" may be used as a productive point of departure from which to explore analogous ideas; local ideas can in turn reflexively be used to interrogate the Western construct.The Introduction argues that landscape should be conceptualized as a cultural process: a process located between place and space, foreground actuality and background potentiality, image and representation. In the chapters that follow, nine noted anthropologists and an art historian exemplify thisapproach, drawing on a diverse set of case studies. These range from an analysis of Indian calendar art to an account of Israeli nature tourism, and from the creation of a metropolitan "gaze" in nineteenth-century Paris to the soundscapes particular to the Papua New Guinean rainforests. Theanthropological perspectives developed here are of cross-disciplinary relevance; geographers, art historians, and archaeologists will be no less interested than anthropologists in this re-envisaging of the notion of landscape.

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Landscape has long had a submerged presence within anthropology, both as a framing device which informs the way the anthropologist brings his or her study into "view", and as the meaning imputed by local people to their cultural and physical surroundings. A principal aim of this volumefollows from these interconnected ways of consider...

Eric Hirsch is at Brunel University. Michael O'Hanlon is at British Museum.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198280106

ISBN - 13:9780198280101

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`The volume has a wide geographical range, with British-based scholars providing accounts of largely nonwestern fields. ... many geographers will find the book a valuable source.'Progress in Human Geography, vol.21, no.2, 1997