Birds and Blurred Boundaries: Communities of Practice and the Problem of Regions in San Rock Art

Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art - Jan Magne Gjerde

Ghilraen Laue
University of Witwatersrand

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Differences in southern African San rock art have long been noted, but defining these regions has met with little success. The interpretative approach that has dominated research in the last three decades focuses on similarities across space and through time rather than emphasizing difference. This paper considers the question of regionality in rock art and explores the how concepts of communities and constellations of practice offer tools to reconceptualise regional differences. These two concepts are applied to motifs of flight and transformation in three areas of rock art to interrogate difference and regional variation in the art.

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Laue, Ghilraen. Birds and Blurred Boundaries: Communities of Practice and the Problem of Regions in San Rock Art. Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781795606. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31921. Date accessed: 20 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31921. Jul 2020

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