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Individual and Society in Guiana
A Comparative Study of Amerindian Social Organisation

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: January 1985
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521269971

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  • The Amerindian peoples of Guiana, the geographical region of north-east South America, have long been recognized as forming a distinct variety of the tropical forest culture. In this book, Peter Rivière employs a comparative perspective to reveal that Guianan societies, generally characterized as socially fluid and amorphous, are in fact much more highly structured than they first appear, and he identifies certain common patterns of social organization that result from sets of individual choices and relationships. By contrasting the characteristics of Guianan society with those from elsewhere in Lowland South America, he constructs a spectrum of complexity of Amerindian social structure, and argues that the Guianan variant represents the logically simplest form of organization in the area.

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    • Date Published: January 1985
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521269971
    • length: 136 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.209kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Peoples and approaches
    2. The settlement pattern: size, duration, and distribution
    3. Village composition
    4. The categories of social classification
    5. Aspects of social relationships
    6. Autonomy and dependency
    7. The individual in society
    8. Guiana society and the wider context

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    Peter Riviere

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