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The Anthropology of Love and Anger : The Aesthetics of Conviviality in Native Amazonia - Joanna Overing

The Anthropology of Love and Anger

The Aesthetics of Conviviality in Native Amazonia

By: Joanna Overing (Editor), Alan Passes (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th October 2000
ISBN: 9780415224185
Number Of Pages: 320

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The Anthropology of Love and Anger questions the very foundations of western sociological thought. In their examination of indigenous peoples from across the South American continent, the contributors to this volume have come to realise that western thought does not possess the vocabulary to define even the fundamentals of indigenous thought and practice. The dualisms of public and private, political and domestic, individual and collective, even male and female, in which western anthropology was founded cannot legitimately be applied to peoples whose 'sociality' is based on an 'aesthetics of community'.
For indigenous people success is measured by the extent to which conviviality, (all that is peaceful, harmonious and sociable) has been attained. Yet conviviality is not just reliant on love and good but instead on an even balance between all that is constructive, love, and all that is destructive, anger.
With case studies from across the South American region, ranging from the (so-called) fierce Yanomami of Venezuela and Brazil to the Enxet of Paraguay, and with discussions on topics from the efficacy of laughter, the role of language, anger as a marker of love and even homesickness, The Anthropology of Love and Anger is a seminal, fascinating work which should be read by all students and academics in the post-colonial world.

Introduction: Conviviality and the opening up of Amazonian anthropology
The first love of a young man: salt and sexual education among the Uitoto Indians of Lowland Columbia
Helpless: the affective preconditions of Piro social life
The efficacy of laughter: the Iudic side of magic within Amazonian sociality
Compassion, anger and broken hearts: ontology and the role of language in the Miskitu lament
The value of working and speaking together: a facet of Pa'ikwene (Palikur) conviviality
Knowledge and the practice of love and hate among the Enxet of Paraguay
Anger as a marker of love: the ethic of conviviality among the Yanomami
Homesickness and the Cashinahua self: a reflection of the embodied condition of relatedness
'Though it comes as evil, I embrace it as good': social sensibilities and the transformation of malignant agency among the Muinane
Pretty vacant: Columbus, conviviality, and New World faces
The convivial self and the fear of anger amongst the Airo-Pai of Amazonian Peru
The delicacy of community: on kisagantsi in Matsigenka narrative discourse
A woman between two men and a man between two women: the production of jealousy and the predation of sociality amongst the Paresi Indians of Mato Grosso (Brazil)
'The more we are together '
The Sisyphus syndrome, or the struggle for conviviality in native Amazonia
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ISBN: 9780415224185
ISBN-10: 0415224187
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 12th October 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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