This book examines the embodied nature of people's experience in, and of, the modern world. It is therefore part of the deep-seated `turn towards the body', which has been such a pronounced feature of sociology in the last two decades. The book argues that bodies in nature are subject to novel, complex and contradictory opportunities of freedom and escape, surveillance and monitoring, and guides readers through the various ways in which these bodily opportunities and constraints are temporally and spatially organized and managed.

Perceiving the Environment in Finnish Lapland

Perceiving the environment in finnish lapland
TimIngold and TerhiKurttila

On the Meaning of Traditional Knowledge

In a recent article, anthropologist Bjorn Bjerkli reports on his investigations into the traditional pattern of using common land among a group of farmers, mostly 5ami-speaking, inhabiting a small valley not far from the city of Tromso, in northern Norway (Bjerkli, 1996). He is concerned because this pattern has recently brought them into conflict with the authority of the Norwegian state, which asserts that they have no right to use the land in the way they do. The case is about to come to court. The difficulty is that in order to justify in law their claim to use the land as a commons, local people will ...

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