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In the Society of Nature A Native Ecology in Amazonia

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ISBN-10: 0521411033

ISBN-13: 9780521411035

Edition: 1996

Authors: Philippe Descola, Meyer Fortes, Jack Goody, Edmund Leach, Stanley Tambiah

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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. Philippe Descola, who has gathered material over several years of fieldwork, documents their rich knowledge of the environment. He explains how this technical knowledge of the increasingly threatened Amazonian ecosystems is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society. Combining a symbolist approach with an ecological analysis, the book contributes a new theory of the social construction of nature.
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Book details

List price: $140.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/17/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 396
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540

List of illustrations
List of part title illustrations
Preface
Preface to the English edition
A note on spelling
General introduction
Nature and society: lessons from Amazonia
Achuar and Jivaro: an illusory state of nature
The Sphere of Nature
Introduction I
The territorial space
Landscape and cosmos
Terrestrial water, celestial water
Upstream and down
The cosmos and its markers
Nature's beings
The taxonomic order
The anthropocentric order
On the Proper Use of Nature
Introduction II
The world of the house
Architectonic elements
Symbolic topography of the house
Domestic sociability and its spaces
The world of gardens
Clearing and gardening
Gardening magic
The world of the forest
Foraging techniques
Affinal nature
The world of the river
Fishing techniques
The marital bed
Categories of practice
The quantitative order
The qualitative order
The good life
Underexploitation of resources
Productive efficiency
Conclusion
Notes
References
Subject index
Index of plants and animals