The Phantom Gringo Boat: Shamanic Discourse and Development in Panama / Edition 2

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Overview

Originally published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1994, Stephanie C. Kane's The Phantom Gringo Boat has been recognized as a ground-breaking piece of ethnological research. This second edition contains a new preface by the author and, reprinted in an Appendix, two supplementary essays on gender, the rain-forest and the state, and three reviews of the first edition.
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Editorial Reviews

P.R. Sullivan
A marvelously sensitive, stimulating, witty, yet forboding portrait of life on the tropical forest frontier between Central and South America. . . . a model ethnography for a discipline striving to find new means of expression, and her treatment of international politics and indigenous shamanism, women’s domestic roles and changing ecology, canoe construction and cash economies, murder and mythology, makes for a rich, sophisticated story that readers at all levels may find engrossing.
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Paul Stoller
Among the best and most elegant works of ethnography that I’ve ever read. . . . a model of and for contemporary ethnographic practice and representation.
American Anthropologist
Jonathan D. Hill
A fascinating work that will be very useful in courses on South American ethnology, development, ethnohistory, and ethnographic writing. . . . a tribute both to the author’s creativity as an ethnographer and to the resilience of social anthropology in an unpredictable world.
American Ethnologist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781877275661
  • Publisher: Cybereditions Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface for Second Edition, ........................................................................................ix
Preface, ....................................................................................................................xiii
Abbreviations, ...........................................................................................................xv
Acknowledgments, ...................................................................................................xvii
Introduction, .............................................................................................................xix
Chronology, .............................................................................................................xxv
1 Contours of Social Space, ........................................................................................1
2 Authentic Discontinuities, .........................................................................................20
3 Transformation and Taboo (Burning Forests), ..........................................................43
4 The Absent Patriarch, ..............................................................................................52
5 Techno-Magic (Canoe Construction), ......................................................................66
6 Misfortune’s Hat, .....................................................................................................83
7 Scale of Sentient Beings (Political Economy of Race and Gender), ............................97 
8 Shaman’s Song, .....................................................................................................129 
9 Cosmo-Snake and the Nation-State, ......................................................................162
Notes, ......................................................................................................................185
Glossary of Emberá Words, ......................................................................................201
Appendix
The Rise of Patriarchy in Emberá Indian Village Law, .................................................209
Emberá (Chocó) Medicinal Plant Use, ........................................................................232
Reviews of The Phantom Gringo Boat, ........................................................................247
Bibliography, ..............................................................................................................267
Index, .........................................................................................................................279

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