Ph.D. Reading Group: Ingold on Binding against Boundaries

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Today we read Tim Ingold’s 2008 article: ‘Bindings against Boundaries: Entanglements of Life in an Open World’. It is a really brilliant read, expertly written to take you through a series of positions of how human beings, things, and world relate (but not ‘relate’ because that already implies a relation implies distinct and bounded entities) . Ingold argues for thinking about inhabiting (similar to Heidegger’s notion of ‘being-in-the-world’ but extended through Deleuze and Guatarri’s ideas on ‘lines of becoming’) as a way of affirming that “The path, not the place, is the primary condition of being, or rather of becoming.” (1808)

We discussed how Ingold’s argument differed from various contributions to Actor-Network-Theory, the implications such and argument has for thinking about materiality in practice, and how you might go about a sociological enquiry that began with unbounded entanglements .

Ingold T. (2008) Bindings against boundaries: entanglements of life in an open world. Environment and Planning A 40: 1796-1810.


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