The Life of the Senses: Introduction to a Modal Anthropology - Sensory Studies Series (Paperback)
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The Life of the Senses: Introduction to a Modal Anthropology - Sensory Studies Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 26/02/2015
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Both a vital theoretical work and a fine illustration of the principles and practice of sensory ethnography, this much anticipated translation is destined to figure as a major catalyst in the expanding field of sensory studies. Drawing on his own fieldwork in Brazil and Japan and a wide range of philosophical, literary and cinematic sources, the author outlines his vision for a `modal anthropology'. Francois Laplantine challenges the primacy accorded to `sign' and `structure' in conventional social science research, and redirects attention to the tonalities and rhythmic intensities of different ways of living. Arguing that meaning, sensation and sociality cannot be considered separately, he calls for a 'politics of the sensible' and a complete reorientation of our habitual ways of understanding reality. The book also features an introduction to the sensory and social thought of Francois Laplantine by the editor of the Sensory Studies series, David Howes.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472531964
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 276 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm


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This volume provides a wonderful introduction to the study of the senses in a variety of cultural contexts. The author's encyclopedic knowledge of film and ethnography makes these explorations uniquely well informed. Laplantine is teaching us to remove the philosophical blinders of modernity so that we may be present to the sumptuous flow of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings. His writings pulse with life. -- Richard Sherwin, Wallace Stevens Professor of Law, New York Law School, USA
While much of Western thought is still categorical, Laplantine investigates the natural rhythms, duration and modulation of life, challenging previously held assumptions of social and political life. Movement, flow and intensity are evident in his wonderful analysis of dance, cinema and other cultural forms. Invaluable reading for anthropologists, philosophers, sensory experts and cultural studies scholars. -- Timothy de Waal Malefyt, Clinical Associate Professor, Fordham Schools of Business, USA
Laplantine makes a powerful case for lifting the scholarly prohibition on sensual thinking, while adroitly conveying the distinction between the categorical and the modal. The Life of the Senses advances our understanding of `embodiment' more than anything I have read in years. -- Kathryn Geurts, Professor of Global Studies, Hamline University, USA
By definition, most scholarly work takes the form of 'normal science' in the Kuhnian sense, answering the questions posed by the current state of a discipline and filling in perceived gaps in its knowledge ... Once in a while, though, something really revolutionary appears, something that aims to overthrow the very foundations not only of a discipline but of an entire intellectual tradition. Laplantine's modestly titled The Life of the Senses is such a manifesto. -- David Eller * Anthropology Review Database *

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