Culture and the Senses: Embodiment, Identity, and Well-Being by Kathryn Linn Geurts

By Kathryn Linn Geurts

Including her stimulating and finely framed ethnography to contemporary paintings within the anthropology of the senses, Kathryn Geurts investigates the cultural which means approach and ensuing sensorium of Anlo-Ewe-speaking humans in southeastern Ghana. Geurts came across that the five-senses version has little relevance in Anlo tradition, the place stability is a feeling, and balancing (in a actual and mental feel in addition to in literal and metaphorical methods) is a vital part of what it capacity to be human.Much of belief falls into an Anlo type of seselelame (literally feel-feel-at-flesh-inside), within which what can be thought of sensory enter, together with the Western sixth-sense inspiration of "intuition," comes from physically feeling and the inner milieu. the type of mind-body dichotomy that pervades Western European-Anglo American cultural traditions and philosophical idea is absent. Geurts relates how Anlo society privileges and elaborates what we'd name kinesthesia, which such a lot american citizens wouldn't even determine as a feeling. After this nuanced exploration of an Anlo-Ewe thought of internal states and their method of delineating exterior event, readers won't ever back take with no consideration the "naturalness" of sight, contact, flavor, listening to, and scent.

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But very few shops were open, creating the feel and look of a ghost town in certain respects. What little commerce was now conducted in Anlo-land had shifted to Anloga. Keta still was home to several schools and the district hospital, but Anloga boasted much more activity. So, in addition to living off the land, people in Anlo-land worked as teachers, shoemakers, booksellers, pastors, pharmacists, lorry or taxicab drivers, police officers, tailors, and shopkeepers. The hospital and various clinics employed nurses, doctors, midwives, medical officers, and additional staff.

19 I believe that comparative studies of personhood, identity, and “intentional worlds” (Shweder 1991:74) benefit from an explicit account of sensory orders and sensory engagement. And while this book does not claim to represent a panacea for the problems and questions that I have raised, it is a gesture in our efforts to build an explanatory framework. Theoretically, the present work draws on several different approaches within psychological anthropology, most notably those referred to as cultural psychology and cultural phenomenology.

K. Fiawoo 1983 about the woods in which criminals were buried), and there was still a small amount of thicket or bush-type vegetation along the rivers and creeks, but one of the most pressing problems Ghana faced in the 1990s was decimation of the forests. This problem was particularly acute in Ghana’s central forest zone, but Anlo-land too had been affected by severe loss of trees. A worse problem for Anlo-land, however, was sea ero- Anlo-Land and Anlo-Ewe People 27 sion, for in the past forty years the ocean had gradually swallowed up entire sections of Keta, once a booming port town.

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