Human - Object - Tool
Toward an anthropology of technology

Finn Sivert Nielsen

Course at the Institute of Anthropology, Copenhagen University
Fall semester - 2007

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This course sets out to explore the significance and meaning of the tools and technologies that human societies construct and utilize. Its point of departure will be the idea that tools function as intermediaries between human beings and the world - extensions of the human body, which cannot be adequately understood either as objects or things, or as entities with agency (cf. Latour's concept of the "actant"). This is an exploratory course, without pregiven conclusions. We will examine concrete tools and their use, empirical literature on tools, as well as... (click to read more)

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