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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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Living Plurally

Living Plurally

Mobility and Visiting

(p.67) 2. Living Plurally
Us, Relatives

Nurit Bird-David

University of California Press

Hunter-gatherers’ mobility, nomadism, and travel are often discussed with emphasis on spatiality. This chapter, instead, dwells on locals’ notions and praxis of visiting, training attention on the interpersonal vector and the achievement of pluripresence. Scale-sensitive ethnography is provided of everyday visiting and of full attendance of everyone in the multisited community at births and deaths. The ethnography shows locals’ ideas of birthing a “relative” rather than a “new individual” and of the dead joining invisible members of the local community. It shows their project and ideal: a community subsisting in each member’s participation in the life of everyone else.

Keywords:   Mobility, nomadism, visiting, birth, death, relatives, pluripresence, [scalar biases, hunter-gatherers, South Asian foragers, plural life]

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