Cognition and Tool Use: The Blacksmith at Work

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 28, 1996 - Psychology - 200 pages
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Anthropologists Janet and Charles Keller provide an account of human accomplishment based on ethnographic study. Blacksmithing--the transformation of glowing iron into artistic and utilitarian products--is the activity they chose to develop a study of situated learning. This domain, permeated by visual imagery and physical virtuosity rather than verbal logic, appears antithetical to the usual realms of cognitive study. For this reason, it provides a new entree to human thought and an empirical test for an anthropology of knowledge.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Introduction
14
A profile of artistblacksmithing
33
Work space and the stock of knowledge
60
Constellations for action
89
Emergence and accomplishment in production
108
Imagery in ironwork
130
Beyond blacksmithing
159
Bibliography
181
Selected name index
195
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