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Posthumanism

Anthropological Insights

by (author) Alan Smart & Josephine Smart

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Category
Cultural, Philosophy & Social Aspects, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781442636415
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $26.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781442636422
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $52.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442636446
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $16.95

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Description

Designed to explain posthumanism to those outside of academia, this brief and accessible book makes an original argument about anthropology's legacy as a study of "more than human." Smart and Smart return to the holism of classic ethnographies where cattle, pigs, yams, and sorcerers were central to the lives that were narrated by anthropologists, but they extend the discussion to include contemporary issues like microbiomes, the Anthropocene, and nano-machines, which take holism beyond locally bounded spaces. They outline what a holism without boundaries could look like, and what anthropology could offer to the knowledge of more-than-human nature in the past, present, and future.

About the authors

Alan Smart is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Calgary.

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Josephine Smart is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Calgary.

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