Berardino Palumbo

Not all hands are the same. Nor are all hikes

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Keywords: Ingold, Social Theory, Social Imagination, Power, Ingold

This paper is a commentary on Tim Ingold’s essay which underlines the radical nature of the theoretical and epistemological thesis sustained by its author. In my opinion Ingold tries to reconfigure the classic social imagination starting from the assumption of the relational, participatory and interconnected character of that “individualµ which was considered the inseparable core of our (Western) idea of society and social action. In this way he distances himself from traditional social science and its cognitive procedures (explanation and understanding), considering them inadequate – because of their objectifying and narcotizing character – forms of representation of concrete interactive dynamics. On the other side, I stress the absence of any reference to power dynamics and to the ways in which these operate into the processes of interpenetration and assonance/consonance between human beings and between these and other living beings.

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