The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 465 pages
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In this work Tim Ingold offers a persuasive approach to understanding how human beings perceive their surroundings. He argues that what we are used to calling cultural variation consists, in the first place, of variations in skill. Neither innate nor acquired, skills are grown, incorporated into the human organism through practice and training in an environment. They are thus as much biological as cultural. The twenty-three essays comprising this book focus in turn on the procurement of livelihood, on what it means to 'dwell', and on the nature of skill, weaving together approaches from social anthropology, ecological psychology, developmental biology and phenomenology in a way that has never been attempted before. The book is set to revolutionise the way we think about what is 'biological' and 'cultural' in humans, about evolution and history, and indeed about what it means for human beings - at once organisms and persons - to inhabit an environment. The Perception of the Environment will be essential reading not only for anthropologists but also for biologists, psychologists, archaeologists, geographers and philosophers.
  

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User Review  - Kassilem - LibraryThing

When I first got this book for class I had multiple people tell me they loved the book. I think I can see why. The book definitely introduces some radical and new ideas about perception. However, I ... Read full review

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Contents

Culture nature environment steps to an ecology of life
13
The optimal forager and economic man
27
Hunting and gathering as ways of perceiving the environment
40
From trust to domination an alternative history of humananimal relations
61
Making things growing plants raising animals and bringing up children
77
A circumpolar nights dream
89
Totemism animism and the depiction of animals
111
Ancestry generation substance memory land
132
SKILL
289
Tools minds and machines an excursion in the philosophy of technology
294
Society nature and the concept of technology
312
Work time and industry
323
On weaving a basket
339
Of string bags and birds nests skill and the construction of artefacts
349
The dynamics of technical change
362
People like us the concept of the anatomically modern human
373

DWELLING
153
Culture perception and cognition
157
Building dwelling living how animals and people make themselves at home in the world
172
The temporality of the landscape
189
Globes and spheres the topology of environmentalism
209
To journey along a way of life maps wayfinding and navigation
219
Stop look and listen Vision hearing and human movement
243
Speech writing and the modern origins of language origins
392
The poetics of tool use from technology language and intelligence to craft song and imagination
406
Notes
420
References
436
Index
454
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About the author (2000)

Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen.

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