Surfaces: Transformations of Body, Materials and Earth

Michael Anusas (Editor), Cristián Simonetti (Editor)

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Abstract / Description of output

In attending to surfaces, as they wrap, layer and grow within sentient bodies, material formations and cosmological states, this volume presents a series of ten anthropological studies stretching across five continents and in observation of earthly practices of making, knowing, living and dying.

Through theoretically reflecting on time spent with Aymara and Mapuche Andean cultures; the Malagasy people of Madagascar; craftspeople and designers across Europe and Oceania; amongst the architectures of Australia and South Korea and within the folds of books, screens, landscape and the sea, the anthropologists in this volume communicate diverse ways of considering, working with and knowing surfaces. Together, these writings advance a knowledge of the world which resists any definitive settlement of existential categories and rather seeks to know the world in its emergence and transformation, as entities grow, cohere, shift, dissolve, decay and are reborn through the contact and exchange of surfaces, persisting with varying time, power and effect.

The book principally invites readers from anthropology, the creative arts and environmental studies, but also across the wider humanities and social sciences as well as those in neighbouring scientific fields of archaeology, biology, geography, geoscience, material science, neurology and psychology interested in the intersections of mind, body, materials and world.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages209
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-64694-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-12629-9
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Anthropology

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • anthropology
  • design
  • craft
  • architecture
  • archaeology
  • material culture
  • ecology
  • surfaces


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