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Individual and Society in Guiana : A Comparative Study of Amerindian Social Organisation - Peter Riviere

Individual and Society in Guiana

A Comparative Study of Amerindian Social Organisation

Paperback Published: 1st April 1985
ISBN: 9780521269971
Number Of Pages: 136

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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 Riviere 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."

Peoples and approaches
The settlement pattern: size, duration, and distribution
Village composition
The categories of social classification
Aspects of social relationships
Autonomy and dependency
The individual in society
Guiana society and the wider context
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ISBN: 9780521269971
ISBN-10: 0521269970
Series: London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st April 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.21