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In the Society of Nature

In the Society of Nature
A Native Ecology in Amazonia

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  • Date Published: October 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574679

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About the Authors
  • The Achuar Indians of the Upper Amazon have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management. The author documents their knowledge of the environment, and explains how it is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society.

    • Author is one of the leading of the younger generation of anthropologists in France
    • Covers topical issues of ecology; destruction of jungles and forested areas of Latin America
    • Provides unique native view of environment - combining ecological and cosmological understandings
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Philippe Descola is undoubtedly one of the most eclectic and creative thinkers in anthropology today. In the Society of Nature: A Native Ecology in Amazonia, he skillfully weaves technical and conceptual determinations into a brilliantly readable monograph on the Achuar Indians of the Peruvian/Ecuadorian border region of the Upper Amazon. The only problem with this publication is that it was not translated and published in English immediately after the original French edition appeared in 1986." Journal of Ethnobiology

    " historical and ethnographic contribution to the study of a particularly important area of the New World, at the hinge of Amazonian and Andean high cultures. It is also...of undoubted theoretical and methodological value, one that directs anthropological thought in new directions." Claude Lévi-Strauss

    "...a wealth of historical and ethnographical data on the Achuar....will introduce the curious reader into the world of an important indigenous culture." Bradley C. Bennett, Economic Botany

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574679
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.655kg
    • contains: 52 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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

  • Author

    Philippe Descola, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris


    Nora Scott

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