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Us, RelativesScaling and Plural Life in a Forager World$
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Nurit Bird-David

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293403

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293403.001.0001

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Setting and Mind Setting

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Us, Relatives

Nurit Bird-David

University of California Press

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]

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