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Horizontes Antropológicos

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SILVEIRA, Flávio Leonel Abreu da  and  LIMA FILHO, Manuel Ferreira. Por uma antropologia do objeto documental: entre a "a alma nas coisas"1 e a coisificação do objeto. Horiz. antropol. [online]. 2005, vol.11, n.23, pp. 37-50. ISSN 0104-7183.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-71832005000100003.

The article aims to reflect on the symbolism of the object and its links to day-to-day experience of social groups, immersed in the scenery to which they belong. Therefore, the article tries to take it beyond a reductionism viewpoint of a museum piece disconnected from the living. The immateriality of cultural goods appears, just as an instance in the relationship of subjects in the social world and a symbolism of things which circulate, spreading meaning in the world. In this way, an Anthropology of Documented Objects could demonstrate its social dynamic to the object, considering the circularity and "spirit of things" with the social forms which generated and dynamized them. In this way, the role of mediation can be construed as a more perfect way in order to avoid the congealing of the object and the isolation of the culture of action.

Keywords : cultural heritage; landscape; museums; object.

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