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In the Society of Nature : A Native Ecology in Amazonia - Philippe Descola

In the Society of Nature

A Native Ecology in Amazonia

By: Philippe Descola, Nora Scott (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 25th March 1994
ISBN: 9780521411035
Number Of Pages: 396

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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.

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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

List of illustrationsp. ix
List of part title illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xii
Preface to the English editionp. xvii
A note on spellingp. xviii
General introductionp. 1
Nature and society: lessons from Amazoniap. 1
Achuar and Jivaro: an illusory state of naturep. 7
The Sphere of Nature
Introduction Ip. 15
The territorial spacep. 20
Landscape and cosmosp. 36
Terrestrial water, celestial waterp. 36
Upstream and downp. 53
The cosmos and its markersp. 62
Nature's beingsp. 77
The taxonomic orderp. 78
The anthropocentric orderp. 93
On the Proper Use of Nature
Introduction IIp. 105
The world of the housep. 108
Architectonic elementsp. 110
Symbolic topography of the housep. 118
Domestic sociability and its spacesp. 125
The world of gardensp. 136
Clearing and gardeningp. 137
Gardening magicp. 191
The world of the forestp. 221
Foraging techniquesp. 222
Affinal naturep. 257
The world of the riverp. 270
Fishing techniquesp. 271
The marital bedp. 279
Categories of practicep. 284
The quantitative orderp. 286
The qualitative orderp. 296
The good lifep. 308
Underexploitation of resourcesp. 309
Productive efficiencyp. 313
Conclusionp. 323
Notesp. 332
Referencesp. 345
Subject indexp. 355
Index of plants and animalsp. 362
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ISBN: 9780521411035
ISBN-10: 0521411033
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 25th March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.8  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.76