Scoping the Amazon: Image, Icon, and Ethnography

Scoping the Amazon: Image, Icon, and Ethnography

by Stephen Nugent, Nugent Stephen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1598741772

ISBN-13: 9781598741773

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: Left Coast Press

The image of the Amazon Indian is an icon that straddles the world between the professional anthropologist and the popular media. Presented alternately as the noble primitive and savior of the environment or as a savage, dissolute, cannibalistic half-human, it is a representation well worth examining. Stephen Nugent does just that, critiquing the claims of…  See more details below

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The image of the Amazon Indian is an icon that straddles the world between the professional anthropologist and the popular media. Presented alternately as the noble primitive and savior of the environment or as a savage, dissolute, cannibalistic half-human, it is a representation well worth examining. Stephen Nugent does just that, critiquing the claims of authoritativeness inherent in visual images presented by anthropologists of Amazon life in the early twentieth century and comparing them with the images found in popular books, movies, and posters. This heavily illustrated book depicts the field of anthropology as its own form of culture industry and contrasts it to other similar industries, past and present. For visual anthropologists, ethnographers, Amazon specialists, and popular culture researchers, Nugent's book will be enlightening, entertaining reading.

About the Author:
Stephen Nugent teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is director of the Centre for Visual Anthropology

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598741773
Publisher:
Left Coast Press
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
563,255
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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