Escape routes€ 3.00
We are born into cultures and languages that shape us and provide us with real and symbolic tools to find our way in the world, however, we are not entirely prisoners of our cultures. Adriano Favole uses travel stories and his anthropological research experiences to explore some of these “escape routes”. Journeys, pilgrimages, migrations; and also dreams, literature, satire and cinema, all these open the escape routes towards different cultures, offering other ways to experience being human. These are ways humans use to break the rules, challenge established structures and attempt to change their lives. We are incomplete beings, dependent on each other, projected towards the future, even when power structures persuade us to believe we are imprisoned by the structures of identity formed in the past. But the human being is “eccentric”, capable of and often enjoying living “outside himself”: watching himself live.
Adriano Favole is deputy director for Research at the Department for Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin and teaches Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Power. He has lectured at the Universities of Milan, Genoa and Bologna and in New Caledonia. He has travelled and conducted research in Futuna (western Polynesia), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia and in La Réunion (Indian Ocean). His main areas of study are political anthropology, anthropology of the body and anthropology of heritage. He writes regularly for the newspaper Corriere della Sera’s cultural insert, La lettura. His publications include: La palma del potere (Il Segnalibro, 2000); Isole nella corrente (La ricerca folklorica, Grafo, 2007); Resti di umanità. Vita sociale del corpo dopo la morte (2003); Oceania. Isole di creativity culturale (2010) and La bussola dell’antropologo (2015), both published by Laterza; Vie di fuga. Otto passi per uscire dalla propria cultura (UTET, Dialoghi sull’uomo, 2018).