Cultural Ecology 2020

This was the homepage for Cultural Ecology 2020. There were four required books:

  • Tim Ingold, The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill, 2000.
  • Hugh Brody, Maps and Dreams: Indians and the British Columbia Frontier, 1988.
  • Carolyn Finney, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, 2014.
  • Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene, 2017 (Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Heather Anne Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt, Editors).

This course shared two books with the previous Cultural Ecology 2017. As in the 2017 version, Tim Ingold’s Perception of the Environment formed the backbone and structure for the readings. In this 2020 version, I attempted to incorporate more material about race, as well as more material about how to live in these times. In 2020, this course became a mid-stream modified version adapted for the coronavirus outbreak.

For 2022, I used Ingold and Brody for a History of Anthropological Thought course:

My more recent versions of Cultural Ecology, Human Adaptability 2023 and Anthropological Optimism 2024 have moved in more practical directions.

Part 1. Nature and Culture: Who are we?

Life

  • Ingold (part 1), “Culture, nature, environment” (13-20)

Revelation

  • Ingold (part 2), “Culture, nature, environment” (20-26)
  • Brody, 1-33

Rational

  • Ingold, “The optimal forager and economic man” (27-39)
  • Brody, 34-102

Wild

  • Ingold, “Hunting and gathering as ways of perceiving the environment” (40-60)
  • Brody, 103-135

Involvement

  • Ingold, “From trust to domination” (61-76)
  • Brody, 136-213

Domestic

  • Ingold, “Making things, growing plants, raising animals, and bringing up children” (77-88)
  • Brody, 214-255

Relational

  • Ingold, “Ancestry, generation, substance, memory, land” (132-151)
  • Brody, 256-283
  • Film: Rabbit-Proof Fence

Part 2: Living in the World: What are we doing? (Race & Place)

Culture

  • Ingold, “Culture, perception and cognition” (157-171)
  • Finney, 1-31

Outdoors

  • Ingold, “Building, dwelling, living” (172-188)
  • Finney, 32-50

Ground

  • Ingold, “The temporality of the landscape” (189-208)
  • Finney, 51-91

Green

  • Ingold, “Globes and spheres: the topology of environmentalism” (209-218)
  • Finney, 92-115

Journey

  • Ingold, “To journey along a way of life” (219-242)
  • Finney, 116-138

Part 3: Damnation: What happened? (Ghosts)

Technology

  • Ingold, “Tools, minds and machines” (294-311)
  • Ghosts, G1-G29

Disasters

  • Ingold, “Society, nature and the concept of technology” (312-322)
  • Ghosts, G31-G63

Time

  • Ingold, “Work, time and industry” (323-338)
  • Ghosts, G65-G102

Shell

  • Ingold, “On weaving a basket” (339-348)
  • Bubandt, “Haunted Geologies” (G121-141)

Nests

  • Ingold, “Of string bags and birds’ nests” (349-361)
  • Ghosts, G143-G174

Part 4: Salvation? Where are we going? (Monsters)

Circumpolar

  • Ingold, “A circumpolar night’s dream” (89-110)
  • Monsters, M1-M21

Art

  • Ingold, “Totemism, animism and the depiction of animals” (111-131)
  • Monsters, M71-M106

Complexity

  • Ingold, “The dynamics of technical change” (362-372)
  • Monsters, M107-M139

Biology

  • Ingold, “People like us” (373-391)
  • Monsters, M23-M70

Writing

  • Ingold, “Speech, writing and the modern origins of ‘language origins’” (392-405)
  • Monsters, M141-M167

Dispatches

  • Ingold, “The poetics of tool-use” (406-419)
  • Monsters, M169-M174

Living Anthropologically means documenting history, interconnection, and power during a time of global transformation. We need to care for others as we attempt to build a world together. This blog is a personal project of Jason Antrosio, author of Fast, Easy, and In Cash: Artisan Hardship and Hope in the Global Economy. For updates, subscribe to the YouTube channel or follow on Twitter.

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