Nature and Society
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Nature and Society by Philippe Descola
Book DescriptionThe contributors to this book focus on the relationship between nature and society from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives. Their work draws upon recent developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology, epistemology, sociology of science, and a wide array of ethnographic case studies -- from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, the Mollucan Islands, rural comunities from Japan and north-west Europe, urban Greece, and laboratories of molecular biology and high-energy physics. The discussion is divided into three parts, emphasising the problems posed by the nature-culture dualism, some misguided attempts to respond to these problems, and potential avenues out of the current dilemmas of ecological discourse.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415132152
(216mm x 138mm x 28mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author 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, 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.
In the Society of Nature, Paperback (August 1996)
A study of the Achuar Indians of the Upper Amazon and their relationship with their environment.
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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.
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