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In Amazonia
By Hugh Raffles

In Amazonia

A Natural History

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In Amazonia by Hugh Raffles

Book Awards

  • Commended for Sharon Stevens First Book Prize 2004.
  • Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2003.
  • Joint winner for Victor Turner Prize 2003.

Book Description

The Amazon is not what it seems. As Hugh Raffles shows us in this captivating and innovative book, the world's last great wilderness has been transformed again and again by human activity. In Amazonia brings to life an Amazon whose allure and reality lie as much, or more, in what people have made of it as in what nature has wrought. It casts new light on centuries of encounter while describing the dramatic remaking of a sweeping landscape by residents of one small community in the Brazilian Amazon. Combining richly textured ethnographic research and lively historical analysis, Raffles weaves a fascinating story that changes our understanding of this region and challenges us to rethink what we mean by "nature." Raffles draws from a wide range of material to demonstrate--in contrast to the tendency to downplay human agency in the Amazon--that the region is an outcome of the intimately intertwined histories of humans and nonhumans. He moves between a detailed narrative that analyzes the production of scientific knowledge about Amazonia over the centuries and an absorbing account of the extraordinary transformations to the fluvial landscape carried out over the past forty years by the inhabitants of Igarape Guariba, four hours downstream from the nearest city. Engagingly written, theoretically inventive, and vividly illustrated, the book introduces a diverse range of characters--from sixteenth-century explorers and their native rivals to nineteenth-century naturalists and contemporary ecologists, logging company executives, and river-traders. A natural history of a different kind, In Amazonia shows how humans, animals, rivers, and forests all participate in the making of a region that remains today at the center of debates in environmental politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691048857
ISBN-10: 0691048851
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hugh Raffles

Hugh Raffles is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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