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In the Society of Nature

In the Society of Nature
A Native Ecology in Amazonia


Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

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

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  • The Achuar Indians live in the remote forest reaches of the Upper Amazon and have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management. Philippe Descola, who has gathered material over several years of fieldwork, documents their rich knowledge of the environment. He explains how this technical knowledge of the increasingly threatened Amazonian ecosystems is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society. Combining a symbolist approach with an ecological analysis, the book contributes a new theory of the social construction of nature.

    • 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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    ' … an 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 Levi-Strauss

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 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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