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The Generative Potential of Movement

Rebecca M. Empson

in Harnessing Fortune

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264737
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753992 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264737.003.0010

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

The Generative Potential of Movement

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This chapter reflects on the distinction between naturalist ontologies of growth and those found in the Mongolian concept of fortune. A review of these ideas in relation to the ethnography suggests that previous distinctions, which have usually been considered as distinct modes or ways of being — such as ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’, or ‘agnatic’ and ‘consanguineal’ — should instead be viewed as instantiations of a wider archetype for perspectival traffic. By focusing on the transformations afforded when parts are extracted from people, animals, and things and then contained, or housed, to allow for growth and generation, we see that these distinctions are always internal. In shifting between them, fortune is harnessed and growth is made visible.

Keywords: growth; ethnography; fortune; generation

Chapter.  4609 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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