In The Society Of Nature: A Native Ecology In Amazonia (Cambridge Studies In Social And Cultural Anthropology)
In the Society of Nature: A Native Ecology in Amazonia (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)
The Achuar Indians of the Upper Amazon have developed sophisticated strategies of resource management. The author documents their knowledge of the environment, and explains how it is interwoven with cosmological ideas that endow nature with the characteristics of society.
"Philippe Descola is undoubtedly one of the most eclectic and creative thinkers in anthropology today. In the Society of Nature: A Native Ecology in Amazonia, he skillfully weaves technical and conceptual determinations into a brilliantly readable monograph on the Achuar Indians of the Peruvian/Ecuadorian border region of the Upper Amazon. The only problem with this publication is that it was not translated and published in English immediately after the original French edition appeared in 1986." Journal of Ethnobiology
"...an historical and ethnographic contribution to the study of a particularly important area of the New World, at the hinge of Amazonian and Andean high cultures. It is also...of undoubted theoretical and methodological value, one that directs anthropological thought in new directions." Claude Lévi-Strauss
"...a wealth of historical and ethnographical data on the Achuar....will introduce the curious reader into the...