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Making Knowledge: Explorations of the Indissoluble Relation between Mind, Body and Environment

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3892-8
216 pages
January 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Making Knowledge presents the work of leading anthropologists who promote pioneering approaches to understanding the nature and social constitution of human knowledge. The book offers a progressive interdisciplinary approach to the subject and covers a rich and diverse ethnography.
  • Presents cutting-edge research and theory in anthropology
  • Includes many beautiful illustrations throughout
  • The contributions cover a rich and diverse ethnography
  • Offers a progressive interdisciplinary approach to the eternal questions concerning ‘human knowledge’
  • Contributions by leading scholars in the field who explore a wide range of disciplines through an anthropological perspective
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors.


Trevor H.J. Marchand: Introduction: Making knowledge: explorations of the indissoluble relation between mind, body, and environment.

1 Greg Downey: ‘Practice without theory’: a neuroanthropological perspective on embodied learning.

2 Tom Rice: Learning to listen: auscultation and the transmission of auditory knowledge.

3 Anna Odland Portisch: The craft of skilful learning: Kazakh women’s everyday craft practices in western Mongolia.

4 Nicolette Makovicky: ‘Something to talk about’: notation and knowledge-making among Central Slovak lace-makers.

5 Trevor H.J. Marchand: Embodied cognition and communication: studies with British fine woodworkers.

6 Tim Ingold: Footprints through the weather-world: walking, breathing, knowing.

7 Konstantinos Retsikas: Unconscious culture and conscious nature: exploring East Javanese conceptions of the person through Bourdieu’s lens.

8 Soumhya Venkatesan: Learning to weave; weaving to learn ... what?

9 Roy Dilley: Reflections on knowledge practices and the problem of ignorance.

10 Emma Cohen: Anthropology of knowledge.


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Author Information

Trevor H. J. Marchand is Professor of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. As a trained architect and qualified furniture maker, he has conducted fieldwork with craftspeople in Arabia, West Africa and the United Kingdom. His research focuses on apprenticeship, cognition and communication. Marchand is the author of Minaret Building & Apprenticeship in Yemen (2001) and The Masons of Djenné (2009), and co-producer of the documentary film Future of Mud (2007).
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“Indeed I have used Making Knowledgein a graduate seminar, and it made for stimulating, productive discussion.”  (Ethos, 1 February 2013)


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