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Ethnography of the Moral in Culture and Social Thought

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ISBN 9780367463663
February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Knots are well known as symbols of moral relationships. This book develops an exciting new view of this otherwise taken-for-granted image and considers their metaphoric value in and for moral order. In chapters that focus on Japan, China, Europe, South America and in several Pacific Island societies, granular ethnography depicts how knots are deployed to express unity in daily and ritual embodiment, political authority and the cosmos, as well as in social thought. The volume will be of interest to anthropologists and other scholars concerned with metaphor and symbolism, material culture and technology.

Table of Contents

1 Knots as moral relationship

David Lipset and Eric K. Silverman

Part 1: Personhood and Society

2 Knots in Sumo Wrestling and Japan

Kenji Tierney

3 Knots and entanglements in Japan

Ellen Schattschneider

4 Canoes, knots and the concept of the person in the Sepik (Papua New Guinea)

Eric K. Silverman and David Lipset

5 Making Manus social fabric (Papua New Guinea)

Michelle Nayahmui Rooney

Part 2: State and Cosmos

6 The knotted empire of the Inka State

Gary Urton

7 Weaving metaphors and cosmo-political thought in early China

David Pankenier

8 Knots at the edge of order in the Northeast Kula Ring (Papua New Guinea)

Frederick H. Damon

9 The knot in the Pacific body politic

Susanne Küchler

10 Knots of authority and sanctity in ancient Hawaii

Adrienne Kaeppler

Part 3: Social Thought

11 Anthropology’s entanglement with ‘Europe’

Sarah Green

12 Afterword: Knots as Moral Reflexivity

David Lipset and Eric K. Silverman

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David Lipset is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, USA.

Eric K. Silverman is an anthropologist and Resident Scholar in the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, USA.