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Apprenticeship in western India

Simpson, Edward (2006) 'Apprenticeship in western India.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12 (1). pp. 151-171.

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Abstract

A number of recent attempts to describe what happens in the ‘embodied’ space between action and the discursive language used to describe that action have been primarily informed by various western theories of mind. In this article, I present an indigenous theory of what happens among Sunni Muslims in a South Asian context in the gap between linguistic utterances and the actions they purport to represent. The ethnography focuses on learning craft and social skills among apprentices in the shipyards in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is argued that acquiring both kinds of skills is underscored by particular conceptions of the body and the possible transformations of the soul through physical activity.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2006.00285.x
Depositing User: Edward Simpson
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2008 08:47
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4565

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