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Author Douny, Laurence, 1977- author

Title Living in a Landscape of Scarcity : Materiality and Cosmology in West Africa / Laurence Douny
Published Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (258 pages)
Series Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London ; 63
Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London ; 63
Contents Living in a landscape of scarcity: a materiality approach -- 'Making' and 'doing' the Dogon microcosmology : some ethnographic, methodological and conceptual background -- Conceptual boundaries and inside/outside dialectics as a dwelling process -- The inside of the village as cultural matrix : building process and material symbolism -- The outside of the village as a 'life-giving' reservoir -- Dogon 'weather world' : local epistemologies of rains and winds -- The Dogon compound : fixing, gathering, and bounding the everyday -- Domestic waste : doing and un-doing the compound -- Making a granary : embedded and embodied technologies -- Pandora's granary : material practice of concealment -- A micro cosmology in a millet pearl : cooking techniques and eating habits -- Cosmological matters : towards a philosophy of containment
Summary In her close ethnography of a Dogon village of Mali, Laurence Douny shows how a microcosmology develops from people's embodied daily and ritual practice in a landscape of scarcity. Viewed through the lens of containment practice, she describes how they cope with the shortage of material items central to their lives-water, earth, and millet. Douny's study is an important addition to ecological anthropology, to the study of West African cultures, to the understanding of material culture, and to anthropological theory
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-246) and index
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Subject Architecture, Dogon.
Cosmology, Dogon.
Dogon (African people) -- Material culture -- Mali.
Food supply -- Mali.
Landscapes -- Symbolic aspects -- Mali.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1611328918
1611328934 (electronic bk.)
9781611328936 (electronic bk.)