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'Lines - a profound, rich and fascinating meditation on the multiple meanings interwoven within that simple word: from forest tracks to genealogies, from the acts of writing to patterned house decorations. Tim Ingold's wide-ranging book escapes disciplinary, cultural and temporal boundaries. Read it, and you will never feel quite the same again about using a computer or taking a journey.' - Steven Rose, Emeritus Professor of Biology, The Open University 'This is a book whose pictures alone are worth the money. Till I started to follow Tim Ingold's path through this fascinating maze, I had never noticed how many different kinds of line there are, nor how badly we go wrong when we don't distinguish between them. As he shows, we Westerners keep replacing sensitive, living lines with ones that are static and mechanical, and it's quite a mistake to think that this makes us more rational.' - Mary Midgley, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, The University of Newcastle 'Ingold's eventual incorporation of anthropological examples from eastern Peru is really where we begin to see a master at work - Ingold intimately understands the data and interpretation flows in an engaging way ... this is a vibrant read - at times when reading I shouted aloud, 'Yes spot on!' at other times I paced the room and exclaimed in frustration 'No!'. That Ingold's writing can produce such dramatic effects is a testament to the quality of his argument. Do I recommend reading this book? Definitely.' - Cambridge Archaeological Journal 'The author's ambition, to take a virgin piece of interdisciplinary territory and "write on it a bit", has been fascinatingly achieved.' - Steven Poole, The Guardian "As alluded to in the quote on the book's cover, it is difficult to see the world the same way after reading this book. And that may be the larger meaning to take away: as Ingold (Univ. of Aberdeen) shows, earlier conceptions of speech and writing were intimately interconnected with movement, and as wayfarers journey through the world, neither they nor the boo's reader are the same as when they started. ... Highly recommended." -- CHOICE April 2008 Vol. 45 (M. Ebert, University of Saskatchewan)


This is the first book to explore the production and significance of lines. As walking, talking, gesticulating creatures, human beings generate lines wherever they go: here, Ingold lays the foundations for an anthropological archaeology of the line. He investigates: speech and song in the cultures of Papua New Guinea, the Navaho and Meso America; paths, trails and maps drawing, writing and calligraphy; and the modern and postmodern world. Written by a leading expert in the field and including over seventy illustrations, this text offers a radically different approach to anthropological and archaeological studies, taking us on a journey which will change the way we look at the world and how we move within it, and archaeological studies.

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What kind of connections! 21. September 2008
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A refreshingly different way to view the history and the tapestry of the world especially some transitional features to modernity. Copious lines of argument carry a bold thesis that is wonderfully and diversely illustrated. The contrast is on the change in the quality of lines and how the wayfarer's threading through the world is being replaced by transport across it, how storytelling is being replaced by assemblies of plot elements, how life as lived pathways is being superseded by jumping between points on cognitive maps. Evolution too is brought under the lines-viewpoint in a contrast between life's many continuities and the discontinuity of Darwinian descent lines connecting isolated gene sets. The point of inquiry begins on how song and language became separated which passes through a history of writing's traces and music's scoring. Tim Ingold's intellectual pluck keeps getting better. His subtle teasing apart of our lines enriches the current fascination with networks. Reads easily with all the rich, above-praised illustrations and with many wide-ranging examples that only a few times becomes mired in a few too many cross-cultural examples. But then his challenge comes to the back of my mind to pay attention to the voyager when temptation is to too quickly connect the dots. Bravo. And thank you.
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Exciting meshwork of ideas 6. August 2010
Von Philippe Vandenbroeck - Veröffentlicht auf
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In `Lines' Tim Ingold retraces the contours of a momentous techno-cultural evolution by investigating the status and role of an element that is so pervasive in our lifeworld that it becomes invisible: lines and surfaces. This evolution can be described as a movement from a topian, circuitous `line of wayfaring' to the utopian, straight line of modernity to the dystopian, fragmented line of postmodernity (quoting K. Olwig). From this central premise, Ingold spins an argument that goes in different directions, connecting practices as diverse as writing, reading, singing, drawing, weaving, building, dwelling, mapping and travelling. His anthropological lens draws in examples from cultures and ethnicities around the world. Ingold observes, hypotheses, connects. Although it is clear that the author deplores our dwindling capacity for establishing life-giving connections with places that give us sustenance - in favour of a more opportunistic, functional way of being in the world - he is careful not too take a too strong position. The purpose of the argument is not make a point, but to establish a contingent, evolving meshwork of ideas. Ingold: "Lines are open-ended, and it is this open-endedness - of lives, relationships, histories, and processes of thought - that I wanted to celebrate." Even so, Ingold's way of building an argument is careful, sober and scholarly. A more spiritual side to the discussion shines through in his accessible and humane style of writing. In the themes and concepts surveyed, particularly also in the pivotal role assigned to technology (the printing press, the typewriter, the computer), Ingold's `Lines' connects to the (arguably more polemic) work of media theorist Vilem Flusser. There are also obvious connections to the work of Deleuze and De Landa. This is a book that by its very nature could connect to a wide range of interdisciplinary research efforts. It is also recommended to a more casual reader in search of unusual and inspiring ideas.
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Ingold's Line of Flight Continues; Follow It! 30. August 2012
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"Lines" is the middle collection of essays between "The Perception of the Environment" and "Being Alive." The three volumes are simply footprints along Ingold's continuously in process exploration of alternate perspectives and perceptions to understanding what it is to be human-in-the-world. Personally, I enjoyed "Being Alive" and "Perceptions of the Environment" a bit more than "Lines" but the content of each one runs right through the others as well. I recommend reading all three! Tim Ingold is severely overlooked despite the brilliance and importance of his work. You are fortunate to have discovered this book, now buy it and read it!
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find a way through dotted lines 15. Dezember 2014
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Tim Ingold casts doubts about the contemporary way of life, which sets a goal in a straightforward manner. “Lines” creates a stir in post modern society, where people take the linearity as a logical result of development. The straight line has emerged as a virtual icon of modernity, intellectuality, rationality and science. He reasons the importance of wayfaring. Wayfarers are successful inhabitants, Ingold says, and have left various lines as loci in attaining civilization. Life is lived along lines, not at points. Retracing the lines of past lives, we can find our own way to proceed along. Ecology is the study of the life of lines.

He begins a comparative anthropologic study of lines by examining how we have come to distinguish between speech and song. In the time there was no written words, people knew the sonority of every word. In ancient Japan, people believed in the miraculous power of language, and found joy in basking the chanting of Buddhist hymns. What did creators of written language want to deliver to their descendants? With development of notation, music has become wordless while language has been silenced. Language, music and notation is most thrilling chapter, makes me ponder over.

Ingold then takes up traces, threads and surfaces to comprehend thorough understandings of lines. In the course of history, line, of which continuous movement has been shown gradually, has been fragmented into a succession of points or dots. Invention of printing accounts for this current well. We might do better, Ingold asserts, to revert from this paradigm of assembly to understand how people inhabit the environment in which they dwell.

The same logic of separating language from music has driven the contemporary separation of writing from drawing, now placed on opposite sides of modern dichotomy between technology and art. Straightness has come to epitomize rational thought and disputation, values of civility, and moral rectitude. However, lines once straight has become fragmented, our task is to find a way once more through the crack. Ingold claims the key to solve this lies in the line of the wayfaring. He closes consideration with celebrating open-endedness of lines - lives, relations, histories and processes of thought.
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If supremacy is your style 8. April 2014
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Superficial and ignorant writing oblivious to materials or technical practice of any methods described in the writing. Very bad writing.
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