Item Details

Posthumanism

Alan Smart and Josephine Smart
Format
Book
Published
Ontario : University of Toronto Press, [2017]
Language
English
Series
Anthropological Insights
ISBN
1442636416, 9781442636415, 9781442636422, 1442636424
Summary
"Designed to bring the excitement of posthumanist discussions to the undergraduate classroom, this brief and accessible book makes an original argument about anthropology's legacy as a study of "more than human." Smart and Smart return to the holism of classic ethnographies where cattle, pigs, yams, and sorcerers were central to the lives that were narrated by anthropologists, but they extend the discussion to include contemporary issues such as microbiomes, the Anthropocene, and nano-machines, which take holism beyond locally bounded spaces. They outline what a holism without boundaries could look like, and what anthropology could offer to the knowledge of more-than-human nature in the past, present, and future."--
Contents
  • Posthumanism
  • Zoonotic diseases and the microbiome
  • Multi-species ethnography
  • Technology, cyborgs, and transhumanism.
Description
ix, 121 pages ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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