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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)

Paperback Published: 28th October 1996
ISBN: 9780521574679
Number Of Pages: 396

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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. This study documents their rich knowledge of the environment, and explains how technical knowledge of the increasingly threatened Amazonian ecosystems is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society. It combines a symbolist approach with an ecological analysis, and contributes a new theory of the social construction of nature.

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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: 9780521574679
ISBN-10: 0521574676
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 28th October 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.57