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Anthropology and Contemporary Space Exploration, with a Note on Hopi Ladders

Praet, Istvan

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Juan Francisco Salazar
Editor

Alice Gorman
Editor

Abstract

This chapter offers an introduction to the emerging field of outer space studies, with a specific focus on anthropological contributions. An outstanding characteristic of this field is that it radically breaks with the typically modern division of labour between social scientists and natural scientists. What unites scholars in outer space studies is that they refuse to accept the convention that the former has nothing to say about ‘the cosmos itself’. This chapter makes it plain that off-Earth anthropologists are metaphysical troublemakers who have come to realise that they cannot be ‘safely ignored’ by their colleagues in the natural sciences.

Citation

Praet, I. (2023). Anthropology and Contemporary Space Exploration, with a Note on Hopi Ladders. In J. F. Salazar, & A. Gorman (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Social Studies of Outer Space. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003280507-6

Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 11, 2025
Publisher Routledge
Edition 1st Edition
Book Title The Routledge Handbook of Social Studies of Outer Space
Chapter Number 5
ISBN 9781032248615
DOI https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003280507-6
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1618277

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