The article addresses a new theme in anthropology, focusing on intra-ac- tions among humans and the mineral world. Within an anthropology of the environ- ment, in the context of the Italian Piave river, where water and stones were described by old gatherers as living beings, my ethnography discerns a European form of animism that attributed subjectivity, intentionality, ability and agency to non-humans, revealing an interspecies network of relationships hidden by the western naturalistic worldview. These data contribute to a reflection on Descolian ontological animism, recomposing the discrepancies of perspectives vised as contrasting, as the Ingoldian perception of the living being, De Castro’s perspectivism, and Barad’s new materialism, towards an anthropology of life.

Are Stones Living? / Nadia Breda. - In: LAGOONSCAPES. - ISSN 2785-2709. - ELETTRONICO. - 2:(2022), pp. 163-176.

Are Stones Living?

Nadia Breda
2022

Abstract

The article addresses a new theme in anthropology, focusing on intra-ac- tions among humans and the mineral world. Within an anthropology of the environ- ment, in the context of the Italian Piave river, where water and stones were described by old gatherers as living beings, my ethnography discerns a European form of animism that attributed subjectivity, intentionality, ability and agency to non-humans, revealing an interspecies network of relationships hidden by the western naturalistic worldview. These data contribute to a reflection on Descolian ontological animism, recomposing the discrepancies of perspectives vised as contrasting, as the Ingoldian perception of the living being, De Castro’s perspectivism, and Barad’s new materialism, towards an anthropology of life.
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Goal 15: Life on land
Nadia Breda
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