Forest Dwellers, Forest Protectors: Indigenous Models for International Development / Edition 2

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Overview

The Guarani of Paraguay have survived over four centuries of contact with the commercial system, while keeping in tact their traditions of leadership, religion and kinship. This concise ethnography examines how the Guarani have adapted over time, in concert with Paraguay’s subtropical forest system.

New To This Edition:

  • Expanded historical background and updated demographic information on the Guarani brings the research to the present day (Chapter 1).
  • Expands and strengthens the discussion of “sustainability” to include more recent advances in the concept (Chapter 1), and introduces the idea of “subsidy from nature” into the discussion of conventional tropical development (Chapter 3).
  • Develops the discussion of women’s labor in horticulture (Chapter 3).
  • Analyzes the effects of indigenous mixed agro-forestry in stemming the high rates of Paraguayan deforestation of the 1990s (Chapter 4).
  • Discusses the recent globalization of the yerba mate market, and the economy's effecton Paraguay’s protected areas (Chapter 4).
  • Describes Guarani ethnic federations as a means to engage the national and international political institutions (Chapter 4).
  • Explores the rapid growth in Guarani population in native communities, which results from lower infant mortality, more land pressure and more reliable census data (Chapter 4).

This brief introductory text makes the ideal supplementary text for students of anthropology.

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Meet the Author

Richard Reed is Professor of Anthropology at Trinity University, USA. He studies the effects of deforestation on indigenous groups in the forests of South America. Over the last fifteen years, he has been working with Guarani villages on the frontier of expanding colonization and agriculture in Paraguay. In two of his books, Prophets of Agroforestry (1995) and Forest Residents and Forest Managers, (1997) Reed proposes indigenous models of land use as alternative strategies for sustainable development in forested regions.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Series

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Guaraní of the Forest

Guaraní Demographics

Geography

History

Lessons from the Guaraní

Theoretical Concepts

Going Into the Field

Fieldwork Methods

Overview of the Book

2. Guaraní Social Organization

Kinship

Guaraní Religion

Guaraní Leadership

Guaraní Economics

3. Guaraní Production

Tropical Ecosystems

Indigenous Knowledge

Guaraní Agroforestry

Agroforestry as Adaption

Gender and the Division of Labor

Production and Guaraní Autonomy

Guaraní Consumption

4. Contemporary Development and Guaraní Communities

Economic Development or Political Expediency?

Economic Development or Ecological Destruction?

Destabilizing Guaraní Society

Dislocating Guaraní Communities

Guaraní Society and Assistance Programs

5. Indigenous Models for Sustainable Development

Applying the Indigenous Model for Resource Use

Economics as if People Mattered

Conclusions

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