Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana / Edition 1

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Overview

Rockets roar into space—bearing roughly half the world's commercial satellites—from the same South American coastal rainforest where convicts once did time on infamous Devil's Island. What makes Space in the Tropics enthralling is anthropologist Peter Redfield's ability to draw from these two disparate European projects in French Guiana a gleaming web of ideas about the intersections of nature and culture.
In comparing the Franco-European Ariane rocket program with the earlier penal experiment, Redfield connects the myth of Robinson Crusoe, nineteenth-century prison reform, the Dreyfus Affair, tropical medicine, postwar exploration of outer space, satellite technology, development, and ecotourism with a focus on place, and the incorporation of this particular place into greater extended systems. Examining the wider context of the Ariane program, he argues that technology and nature must be understood within a greater ecology of displacement and makes a case for the importance of margins in understanding the trajectories of modern life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219854
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Redfield is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface: The Edge of the World
Pt. 1 Islands and Disciplines 1
1 Robinson Crusoe, Anthropology, and the Horizon of Technology 3
2 History on the Wild Coast 27
Pt. 2 Colonial Ground 49
3 Botany Bay to Devil's Island 51
4 The Natural Prison 76
Pt. 3 Modern Sky 111
5 A Gate to the Heavens 113
6 The Margin of the Future 149
Pt. 4 Worlds in Motion 185
7 Tropics of Nature 187
8 The Nature of Work 215
9 The Imperfect Equator 245
Notes 263
Bibliography 299
Credits 331
Index 333
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