Imagination, History, the Uncany
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This chapter explores the ways imagination can offer human beings new capacities to constitute know and locate themselves in the world beyond the limits of the real. In exploring the roles that creativity and imagination play in our experience of the world Vincent Crapanzano argues that imaginative horizons are the blurry boundaries that separate the here and now from what lies beyond, in time and space. The chapter explores the central role of the imagination in anthropology at both epistemological and ontological level. Starting from the recognition that anthropology is fundamentally relational, it also explains that imagination becomes central to anthropology's project of engagement with humanity. The youths at Rundu Graphics re-imagined their lives and lives of other Namibian youths beyond the constraint of the real through their music, their work in the studio and their religious preaching. In doing so they were reconstituting the world in moral and existential terms as a place of success, boundless possibilities and redemption.