In Amazonia: A Natural History
  • In Amazonia: A Natural History
  • In Amazonia: A Natural History

In Amazonia: A Natural History

by Hugh Raffles
     
 

"Without question this is the best book about the Amazon I have read in many years. It is a major contribution to the literature (in every sense) of the region, to the history and sociology of science, and to anthropology in general. Solid, beautifully written, beautifully judged and paced, it has a great deal to offer those knowing everything or nothing about the

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"Without question this is the best book about the Amazon I have read in many years. It is a major contribution to the literature (in every sense) of the region, to the history and sociology of science, and to anthropology in general. Solid, beautifully written, beautifully judged and paced, it has a great deal to offer those knowing everything or nothing about the Amazon."—David Cleary, Amazon Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy, author of Anatomy of the Amazon Gold Rush

"Thoroughly researched and very riveting, In Amazonia is a lovely blend of personal experience and historical commentary about the making of place both in physical and ideological terms. Very rich theoretically, its lively and witty prose is mercifully leached of post-modern, post-colonial jargon, making it both accessible and clear. Not only will this book leap to the forefront of Amazonian analyses but it will certainly take its pride of place in studies of tropical development, ideologies of nature, and the history of ideas about the environment and tropical representation."—Susanna Hecht, University of California, Los Angeles

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691048857
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/07/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
CHAPTER 1. In Amazonia 1
CHAPTER 2. Dissolution of the Elements12The Floodplain, 11,000 BP-2002
CHAPTER 3. In the Flow of Becoming 44
Igarapé Guariba, 1941-1996
CHAPTER 4. A Countrey Never Sackt 75
Guiana, 1587-1631
CHAPTER 5. The Uses of Butterflies 114
Bates of the Amazons, 1848-1859
CHAPTER 6. The Dreamlife of Ecology 150
South Pará, 1999
CHAPTER 7. Fluvial Intimacies 180
Amapá, 1995-1996
NOTES 207
BIBLIOGRAPHY 265
CREDITS 297
INDEX 299

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