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From the Milk River: Spatial and Temporal Processes in Northwest Amazonia

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521358897

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  • Since its first publication in 1979, this book, together with its companion volume, The Palm and the Pleiades by Stephen Hugh-Jones, has become established as 'the most competent and sophisticated ethnography to date of any South American tropical forest people' (The Times Higher Education Supplement). Both are now available for the first time in paperback. The book is an integrated account of a Northwest Amazonian society, which elucidates the structural models that underlie and unify the domains of kinship, religion, politics and economics. These dynamic models are built from a rich corpus of ethnographic data drawn from extensive field research, and are developed in such a way that, as far as possible, they reproduce an Indian theory of society. Besides enhancing anthropological understanding of a fascinating culture area, the book's highly original approach makes it an important contribution to the general theory of social and cultural structures.

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    • Date Published: April 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521358897
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.408kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures, tables and maps
    List of myths
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Orthography
    1. Introduction
    2. Social structure
    3. The set of specialist roles
    4. Kinship and marriage
    5. The life-cycle
    6. Production and consumption
    7. Concepts of space-time
    8. Conclusion
    Appendices
    Works cited
    Index.

  • Author

    Christine Hugh-Jones

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