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Introduction: Scalar Blindness and Forager Worlds

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Contemporary multiculturalist anthropology overlooks huge disparities in population size as well as ethnographic actors’ own scaling of their practices and imaginations. Arguing that scale-blindness ... More


Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Nurit Bird-David

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Anthropologists have long looked to animistic forager-cultivator cultures for insights into the spectrum of human lifeways. Yet they have largely failed to appreciate indigenous horizons of concern ... More


Nonhuman Kin: Unispecies Societies and Plural Communities

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Theories of indigenous ontologies have depicted forager-cultivator worlds populated by human and nonhuman persons or even by societies of humans and nonhumans, ignoring the tiny-scale context of ... More


A Continuum of Relatives: Othering and Us-ing

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Foragers’ relations with others have been explored in terms of boundaries, intergroup relations, and othering, in studies that have paid little or no attention to the tiny-scale context of their ... More


The Sib Matrix: Dyadic and Sequential Logic

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Although in many tiny-scale forager-cultivator societies, residential cores comprise intermarried siblings, this pattern tends to remain invisible in ethnography. This chapter explores general causes ... More


Couples and Children: Gender, Caregiving, and Foraging Together

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The foragers’ tiny-scale context has been largely overlooked in discussions of foragers’ gendered division of labor, child-care, and alloparenting. Ethnography spanning ritual, foraging pursuits, ... More


Taxonomy of Nonhuman Relatives

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This interlude reflects on the anthropologist’s effort to collect information about the fauna and flora utilized by forager-cultivator people. It relates the author’s experience of foragers’ ... More


The State’s Foragers: The Scale of Multiculturalism

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0013
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

In recent years, India has seen a viral increase in the number of state-recognized Kattunayaka, the official name of the foragers at the heart of this ethnography. Their ethnonym is included in the ... More


Epilogue: Pluripresent and Imagined Communities

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The epilogue suggests that scale-blind multicultural anthropology, though well-meaning, may have blown forager-cultivator sociocultural structures up to monstrous proportions, beyond their innate ... More


Family and Ethnonym

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The problem of naming forager-cultivator peoples is well-known. They call themselves by terms of kinship and shared humanity, but other people give them a variety of confusing and often derogatory ... More


Tree of Relatives

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This interlude focuses on kinship diagrams. Drawing on the author’s fieldwork experience, it shows the scalar distortion inhering in construction of these “maps” to depict tiny-scale indigenous ... More


At Home: Setting and Mind Setting

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The Western philosophical “dwelling-in-the-world” perspective carries into hunter-gatherer studies distortive large-scale biases, and the ecological-anthropological perspective registers foragers’ ... More


Living Plurally: Mobility and Visiting

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


Census of Relatives

Nurit Bird-David

in Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293403
eISBN:
9780520966680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293403.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This interlude trains attention on demographic surveys of tiny-scale indigenous communities through terms drawn from large-scale societies (e.g., name, gender, age, place of residence). This ... More


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