In the Society of Nature by Philippe Descola
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In the Society of Nature
By Philippe Descola

In the Society of Nature

A Native Ecology in Amazonia

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In the Society of Nature by Philippe Descola

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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

ISBN: 9780521574679
ISBN-10: 0521574676
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 396
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Philippe Descola

Beyond Nature and Culture by Philippe Descola Beyond Nature and Culture, Paperback (December 2014)

Deals with a question central to both anthropology and philosophy: what is the relationship between nature and culture? Drawing on ethnographic examples from around the world, the author formulates a new framework, the "four ontologies" - animism, totemism, naturalism, and analogism - to account for all the ways we relate ourselves to nature.

Ecology of Others by Philippe Descola Ecology of Others, Paperback (March 2013)

Since the end of the nineteenth century, the division between nature and culture has been fundamental to Western thought. In this work, the author seeks to break down this divide, arguing for a departure from the anthropocentric model and its rigid dualistic conception of nature and culture as distinct phenomena.

Nature and Society by Philippe Descola Nature and Society, Paperback (July 1996)

This book focuses on the nature/society interface from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives, drawing upon recent developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology, epistemology, sociology of science, and a wide array of ethnographic case studies.

In the Society of Nature by Philippe Descola In the Society of Nature, Hardback (March 1994)

A study of the Achuar Indians of the Upper Amazon and their relationship with their environment.

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