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Tim Ingold

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Residence  Aberdeen, Scotland
Nationality  British

Discipline  Social anthropology
Name  Tim Ingold
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Born  1 November 1948 (1948-11-01) Kent, England
Alma mater  University of Cambridge (B.A., Ph.D.)
Education  University of Cambridge, Leighton Park School
Books  Perception of the Environment, Being Alive: Essays o, Making: Anthropology - Archaeol, The Life of Lines, Companion Encyclopedia of Anthro

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Tim Ingold FBA FRSE Dr h.c (born 1 November 1948) is a British anthropologist, and Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.


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He was educated at Leighton Park School in Reading, UK and his father was the world-renowned mycologist Cecil Terence Ingold. He attended Churchill College, Cambridge, initially studying natural sciences but shifting to anthropology (BA in Social Anthropology 1970, PhD 1976). His doctoral work was conducted with the Skolt Saami of northeastern Finland, studying their ecological adaptations, social organisation and ethnic politics. Ingold taught at the University of Helsinki (1973–74) and then the University of Manchester, becoming Professor in 1990 and Max Gluckman Professor in 1995. In 1999 he moved to the University of Aberdeen. in 2015 he received the honorary doctorate by Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany). He has four children.


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His interests are wide-ranging and his scholarly approach is individualistic. They include environmental perception, language, technology and skilled practice, art and architecture, creativity, theories of evolution in anthropology, human-animal relations, and ecological approaches in anthropology.

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Early concern was with northern circumpolar peoples, looking comparatively at hunting, pastoralism and ranching as alternative ways in which such peoples have based a livelihood on reindeer or caribou.

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In his recent work, he links the themes of environmental perception and skilled practice, replacing traditional models of genetic and cultural transmission, founded upon the alliance of neo-Darwinian biology and cognitive science, with a relational approach focusing on the growth of embodied skills of perception and action within social and environmental contexts of human development. This has taken him to examining the use of lines in culture, and the relationship between anthropology, architecture, art and design. He discusses his entire career in From science to art and back again: The pendulum of an anthropologist (2016).


  • Fellow of the British Academy (1997)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2000)
  • Honorary doctorate of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (2015)
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