At Home

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780520293403
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780520966680 | DOI:
At Home

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The Western philosophical “dwelling-in-the-world” perspective carries into hunter-gatherer studies distortive large-scale biases, and the ecological-anthropological perspective registers foragers’ dwellings as temporary huts. Aligning with studies of homes and houses as cultural sites, this chapter examines the forager hamlet as the physical setting and the mind setting of everyday life. Ethnography spanning the foragers’ vernacular architecture, domestic routines (especially sleeping and storage), (dis)order in the hamlet, material belongings, and semantics of dwelling(s) reveals the value accorded diversity, togetherness, and undivided habitus as well as locals’ conceptions of existence as pregiven being-with others and of plurality as encompassing diverse-and-related beings.

Keywords: Forager dwelling(s); hut architecture; home; storage; cosleeping; ownership; locality; togetherness; hunter-gatherers [scalar biases, South Asian foragers, plural life]

Chapter.  9681 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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