In the Society of Nature : A Native Ecology in Amazonia (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

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In the Society of Nature : A Native Ecology in Amazonia (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 372 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521411035
  • DDC分類 304.2089983

基本説明

New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1994. Transl. by Nora Scott. The Achuar Indians of the Upper Amazon have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management.

Full Description


The Achuar Indians live in the remote forest reaches of the Upper Amazon and have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management. Philippe Descola, who has gathered material over several years of fieldwork, documents their rich knowledge of the environment. He explains how this technical knowledge of the increasingly threatened Amazonian ecosystems is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society. Combining a symbolist approach with an ecological analysis, the book contributes a new theory of the social construction of nature.

Table of Contents

General introduction
Part I. The Sphere of Nature: 1. The
territorial space
2. Landscape and cosmos
3. Nature's beings
Part II. On the Proper Use of Nature: 4. The
world of the house
5. The world of gardens
6. The world of the forest
7. The world of the river
8. Categories of practice
9. The good life
Conclusion.