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Amazonian caboclo society : An essay on - Stephen Nugent

Amazonian caboclo society

An essay on

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1993
ISBN: 9780854967568
Number Of Pages: 304

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Amazonian Caboclo Society is concerned with peasant society in Brazilian Amazonia. Most anthropological work in Amazonia has focused on Indian groups, and caboclos (peasants of mixed ancestry) have generally been regarded as relics of the haphazard development of Amazonia and have received little serious attention. This volume aims to analyze the reasons for the relative 'invisibility' of caboclo society. It traces the development of caboclo societies and argues that much of the current discussion of 'sustainable development' fails to recognize the important legacy of historical caboclo society.

'Stephen Nugent's brilliant book explores the changing nature of the invisibility of Amazonian caboclo society...should be required reading for anyone interested in Amazonia, contemporary peasant formations, and debates surrounding development and under-development.' American Anthropologist '...always intelligent, often witty, and at times acerbic. Amazonianists will enjoy Nugent's trenchant, often unconventional, treatment of the accepted wisdom of diverse fields. Other anthropologists will appreciate his willingness to discuss Amazonian ethnography in the context of wider social theory.' MAN 'Nugent's book is undoubtedly an important contribution to the study of Amazonian peasant societies.' Dan Rosengren, Goteborg University, Ethnos

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Maps
Caboclos Out of History
Introductionp. 3
The Specificity of an Historical Peasantryp. 8
Invisible Caboclos, Visible Naturep. 20
The Concept of Caboclop. 23
Caboclo Society as an Anthropological Object of Analysisp. 26
The Construction of Invisibility I: The Non-equivalence of Amerindian and Caboclo Societiesp. 29
The Construction of Invisibility II: Invisible Peasantsp. 32
The Consequences of Invisibilityp. 34
Images of the Other in Contemporary Amazonia: Caboclo and the Anthropological Otherp. 40
Pristine Amazonia and the Perfect Otherp. 43
Aspects of Caricaturep. 45
Social System as a Function of Ecosystem: The Ecological Idiom in Amazonian Studiesp. 56
The Peasant Landscape and Modern Amazoniap. 60
The Managed Ecosystemp. 71
Crocodile Tears: Modernization in Amazoniap. 74
Brazil as Client-statep. 77
The State as Brokerp. 78
The Social Objectp. 89
Caboclos in History
Santarem and the 'Failure' of Transamazonicap. 93
The Modernization Landscapep. 94
Peasants as a Default Categoryp. 100
The Metaphors of Stagnation and Pathologyp. 108
The Boundaries of Santaremp. 109
The People of Santaremp. 112
A Sketch of Occupational Structurep. 116
Local Society Versus International Culturep. 117
Contingency and Permanence in Santareno Peasant Productionp. 122
The City as Wreckagep. 125
Political Backgroundp. 130
The Churchp. 131
Facing the O Futurup. 134
Exploring Santareno Identity: Kinship, Domestic Groups and Social Organizationp. 137
Kindredsp. 140
Case Studies of Kindredsp. 155
Kindred Composition and the Transformation of 'Traditional' Societyp. 171
Petty Commodity Production and Formal Subsumption: Caboclo Peasantsp. 176
The Caboclo Complexp. 179
Petty Commodity Production: The 'Immigrant' Nordestino Complexp. 183
Formal Subsumption in the Absence of Real Subsumptionp. 186
The 'Japanese Complex'p. 191
Merchant Capital, Social Reproduction and Blockagep. 199
Social Reproduction and the Petty Commodity Repertoirep. 202
Locating Merchant Capitalp. 210
Merchant Capital, Social Reproduction and Use-values, Export of Surplus Valuep. 210
Merchant Capital and Subordinationp. 217
The Allocthanous Origins of Amazonian Peasantriesp. 227
Maintaining the Image of Sustainable Developmentp. 230
The Specificity of Amazonianist Discoursep. 233
Sustainability versus Social Reproductionp. 235
Combu and Forest Managementp. 246
The Future of Sustainability in Amazoniap. 254
Bibliographyp. 256
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780854967568
ISBN-10: 0854967567
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st November 1993
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1