Summary: "How might we envision animism through the lens of the 'anthropology of anthropology'? The contributors to this volume offer compelling case studies that demonstrate how indigenous animistic practices, concepts, traditions, and ontologies are co-authored in highly reflexive ways by anthropologists and their interlocutors. They explore how native epistemologies, which inform anthropological notions during fieldwork, underpin the dialogues between researchers and their participants. In doing so, the contributors reveal ways in which indigenous thinkers might be influenced by anthropological concepts of the soul and, equally, how they might subtly or dramatically then transform those same concepts within anthropological theory"-- Provided by publisher.Content Notes:
Foreword : the anthropology of ontology meets the writing culture debate. Is reconciliation possible? / Rane Willerslev -- Introduction : anthropological knowledge making, the reflexive feedback loop, and conceptualizations of the soul / Katherine Swancutt And Mireille Mazard -- The algebra of souls : ontological multiplicity and the transformation of animism in southwest china / Mireille Mazard -- Recursivity and the self-reflexive cosmos : tricksters in Cuban and Brazilian spirit mediumship practices / Diana Espãrto Santo -- Spirit of the future : movement, kinetic distribution, and personhood among Siberian Eveny / Olga Ulturgasheva -- The art of capture : hidden jokes and the reinvention of animistic ontologies in Southwest China / Katherine Swancutt -- Narratives of the invisible : autobiography, kinship, and alterity in native Amazonia / Vanessa Elisa Grotti and Marc Brightman -- Technological animism : the uncanny personhood of humanoid machines / Kathleen Richardson -- Postscript : anthropologists and healers and radical empiricists / Edith Turner.Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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