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If Not all Stones Are Alive…: Radical Relationality in Animism Studies

Harvey, Graham (2017). If Not all Stones Are Alive…: Radical Relationality in Animism Studies. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 11(4) pp. 481–497.

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Abstract

Irving Hallowell’s conversation with an Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) elder in the early twentieth century has gained increasing attention in recent decades. It has been cited by many involved in the multi-disciplinary ‘turns’ to ontology, materiality and relationality. In particular, it has inspired many researchers involved in the ‘new (approach to) animism’. This article considers efforts to rethink what ‘person’ or ‘relation’ might mean in the light of Indigenous ontologies and of the ferment of reflection and analysis offered by many colleagues. It proposes that we have not yet sufficiently understood what the elder intended by telling Hallowell that only some stones are animate. A more radically relational understanding of personhood has implications for the ways in which we approach and engage with/in nature, culture, science, and religion.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Equinox Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1749-4915
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 59680
Depositing User: Graham Harvey
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 10:18
Last Modified: 25 May 2020 13:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/59680
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