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Landscapes Beyond Land: Routes, Aesthetics, Narratives

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Volume 19

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Landscapes Beyond Land

Routes, Aesthetics, Narratives

Edited by Arnar Árnason, Nicolas Ellison, Jo Vergunst and Andrew Whitehouse

228 pages, 20 ills, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-671-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2012)

ISBN  978-1-78238-915-6 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (March 2015)

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This thoughtful collection of essays on landscapes is largely inspired by the recent writings of Chris Tilley and Tim Ingold, whose own contributions bookend the other papers in the volume…What this volume does is open up some space for further imaginative wanderings and questions about the precise manner in which both residents and scholars are socially disciplined or culturally conditioned to read different landscapes.  ·  The Australian Journal of Anthropology

The main theoretical aim of the book, to move beyond a dichotomy between experience and structure in the anthropological study of landscape, is important and makes a lot of sense in relation to the existing literature on the topic[T]his new collection is timely,…exceptionally rich and interesting and clearly demonstrate that anthropological thinking on landscape is alive and well.”  ·  Paola Fillipucci, Cambridge University


Land is embedded in a multitude of material and cultural contexts, through which the human experience of landscape emerges. Ethnographers, with their participative methodologies, long-term co-residence, and concern with the quotidian aspects of the places where they work, are well positioned to describe landscapes in this fullest of senses. The contributors explore how landscapes become known primarily through movement and journeying rather than stasis. Working across four continents, they explain how landscapes are constituted and recollected in the stories people tell of their journeys through them, and how, in turn, these stories are embedded in landscaped forms.

Arnar Árnason is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

Nicolas Ellison is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Toulouse).

Jo Vergunst is Lecturer in Social Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

Andrew Whitehouse is a Teaching Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Anthropology (General)


List of figures
Notes on contributors

Arnar Árnason, Nicolas Ellison, Jo Vergunst and Andrew Whitehouse

Chapter 1. Walking the past in the present
Christopher Tilley

Chapter 2. ‘A painter’s eye is just a way of looking at the world’: botanic artist Roger Banks
Griet Scheldeman

Chapter 3. Encountering glaciers: Two centuries of stories from the Saint Elias Mountains, Northwestern North America
Julie Cruikshank

Chapter 4. Fences, pathways, and a peripatetic sense of community: kinship and residence amongst the Nivacle of the Paraguayan Chaco
Suzanne Grant

Chapter 5. Elements of an Amerindian Landscape: the Arizona Hopi
Patrick Pérez

Chapter 6. Thalloo my vea: Narrating the landscapes of life in the Isle of Man
Sue Lewis

Chapter 7. Cairns in the landscape. Migrant stones and migrant stories in Scotland and its diaspora
Paul Basu

Chapter 8. Folk liturgies and narratives of Ireland’s holy wells
Celeste Ray

Chapter 9. How the land should be: Narrating progress on farms in Islay, Scotland
Andrew Whitehouse

Chapter 10. Visible relations and invisible realms: Speech, materiality and two Manggarai landscapes
Catherine Allerton

Chapter 11. The shape of the land
Tim Ingold


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