New Open Access Book: An Anthropology of Landscape

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UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of a brand new open access book that may be of interest to readers of this list. We apologise for any cross posting. 

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An Anthropology of Landscape
Christopher Tilley and Kate Cameron-Daum

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An Anthropology of Landscape tells the fascinating story of a heathland landscape in south-west England and the way different individuals and groups engage with it. Based on a long-term anthropological study, the book emphasises four individual themes: embodied identities, the landscape as a sensuous material form that is acted upon and in turn acts on people, the landscape as contested, and its relation to emotion. The landscape is discussed in relation to these themes as both ‘taskscape’ and ‘leisurescape’, and from the perspective of different user groups. First, those who manage the landscape and use it for work: conservationists, environmentalists, archaeologists, the Royal Marines, and quarrying interests. Second, those who use it in their leisure time: cyclists and horse riders, model aircraft flyers, walkers, people who fish there, and artists who are inspired by it. The book makes an innovative contribution to landscape studies and will appeal to all those interested in nature conservation, historic preservation, the politics of nature, the politics of identity, and an anthropology of Britain.

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About the editors
Christopher Tilley is Professor of Anthropology at UCL. He has written and edited numerous books on archaeology, anthropology and material culture studies. His recent books include The Materiality of Stone (2004), Handbook of Material Culture (ed. 2006), Body and Image (2008) and Interpreting Landscapes (2010).

Kate Cameron-Daum holds BSc and MRes degrees in Anthropology from UCL. She is an independent researcher and environmental volunteer, and is active in local politics.

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