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The Sea: A Cultural History

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“There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea,” wrote Joseph Conrad. And there is certainly nothing more integral to the development of the modern world. In The Sea: A Cultural History, John Mack considers those great expanses that both unite and divide us, and the ways in which human beings interact because of the sea, from navigation to colonization to trade. Much of the worlds population lives on or near the cost, and as Mack explains, in a variety of ways, people actually inhabit the sea.

 

The Sea looks at the characteristics of different seas and oceans and investigates how the sea is conceptualized in various cultures. Mack explores the diversity of maritime technologies, especially the practice of navigation and the creation of a society of the sea, which in many cultures is all-male, often cosmopolitan, and always hierarchical. He describes the cultures and the social and technical practices characteristic of seafarers, as well as their distinctive language and customs. As he shows, the separation of sea and land is evident in the use of different vocabularies on land and on sea for the same things, the change in a mariners behavior when on land, and in the liminal status of points uniting the two realms, like beaches and ports. Mack also explains how ships are deployed in symbolic contexts on land in ecclesiastical and public architecture. Yet despite their differences, the two realms are always in dialogue in symbolic and economic terms.

 

Casting a wide net, The Sea uses histories, maritime archaeology, biography, art history, and literature to provide an innovative and experiential account of the waters that define our worldly existence.

About the Author

 John Mack is professor of world art studies at the University of East Anglia. He is also the author of Museum of the Mind: Art and Memory in World Cultures and The Art of Small Things.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Different Seas?

2. Concepts of the Sea

3. Navigation and the Arts of Performance

4. Ships as Societies

5. Beaches

6. The Sea on the Land

References

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780231846
Author:
Mack, John
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
World
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Ocean and Marine Biology
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » General

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