Amazonian Caboclo Society
An Essay on Invisibility and Peasant Economy
Amazonian Caboclo Society is concerned with peasant society in Brazilian Amazonia. Most anthropological work in Amazonia has focused on Indian groups, and caboclos (peasants of mixed ancestry) have generally been regarded as relics of the haphazard development of Amazonia and have received little serious attention. This volume aims to analyze the reasons for the relative 'invisibility' of caboclo society. It traces the development of caboclo societies and argues that much of the current discussion of 'sustainable development' fails to recognize the important legacy of historical caboclo society.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Caboclos Out of History, 1. Introduction, 2. Invisible Caboclos Visible Nature, Part 2 Caboclos in History,
4. Santarém and the ‘Failure’ of Transamazônica, 5. Exploring Santareno Identity : Kinship, Domestic Groups and Social Organization 6. Petty Commodity Production and Formal Subsumption : Caboclo Peasants 7. Merchant Capital, Social Reproduction and Blockage 8. Maintaining the Image of Sustainable Development
Stephen Nugent Lecturer in Anthropology,University of London