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The Social Agency of Things? Animism and Materiality in the Andes

Sillar, B; (2009) The Social Agency of Things? Animism and Materiality in the Andes. Cambridge Archaeological Journal , 19 (3) 367 - 377. 10.1017/S0959774309000559. Green open access

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Abstract

A major focus of inter-disciplinary debate has been the need to bridge the Cartesian divide between people as active subjects and inert passive objects, to better reflect how things provoke and resist human actions through their 'secondary agency'. Many Central Andean people express a deep concern about their relationship with places and things, which they communicate with through daily work and rituals involving 'sympathetic magic'. A consideration of Andean animism emphasizes how agency is located in the social relationship people have with the material world and how material objects can have social identities.

Type: Article
Title: The Social Agency of Things? Animism and Materiality in the Andes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0959774309000559
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959774309000559
Language: English
Additional information: © 2009 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Keywords: SACRIFICE, THOUGHT
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/408686
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