In the Society of Nature: A Native Ecology in Amazonia

In the Society of Nature: A Native Ecology in Amazonia

by Philippe Descola
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521411033

ISBN-13: 9780521411035

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Achuar Indians live in the remote forest reaches of the Upper Amazon and have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management. This study documents their rich knowledge of the environment, and explains how technical knowledge of the increasingly threatened Amazonian ecosystems is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the…  See more details below

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The Achuar Indians live in the remote forest reaches of the Upper Amazon and have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management. This study documents their rich knowledge of the environment, and explains how technical knowledge of the increasingly threatened Amazonian ecosystems is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society. It combines a symbolist approach with an ecological analysis, and contributes a new theory of the social construction of nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521411035
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #93
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

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.

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