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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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Maps of Home

Maps of Home

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Us, Relatives

Nurit Bird-David

University of California Press

Focusing on the locational map, this interlude is the first of several in the book that examine standard representational tools employed in the ethnography of indigenous peoples. It suggests that the locational map serves instant recognition of where on the globe the study-people live but that that recognition is dependent on readers’ own spatial imaginations and involves colossal scalar distortion of local worlds. In particular, mapping tiny-scale worlds obscures the local importance not of where people live but withwhom.

Keywords:   Ethnographic standard, scalar distortion, spatial imagination, map

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