Amazonia exists in our imagination as well as on the ground. It is a mysterious and powerful construct in our psyches yet shares multiple (trans)national borders and diverse ecological and cultural landscapes. It is often presented as a seemingly homogeneous place: a lush tropical jungle teeming with exotic wildlife and plant diversity, as well as the various indigenous populations that inhabit the region. Yet, since Conquest, Amazonia has been linked to the global market and, after a long and varied history of colonization and development projects, Amazonia is peopled by many distinct cultural groups who remain largely invisible to the outside world despite their increasing integration into global markets and global politics. Millions of rubber tappers, neo-native groups, peasants, river dwellers, and urban residents continue to shape and re-shape the cultural landscape as they adapt their livelihood practices and political strategies in response to changing markets and shifting linkages with political and economic actors at local, regional, national, and international levels.
This book explores the diversity of changing identities and cultural landscapes emerging in different corners of this rapidly changing region.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Cultural Geography.
Table of Contents
1. New Amazonian Geographies: Emerging Identities and Landscapes Jacqueline M. Vadjunec, Marianne Schmink and Alyson L. Greiner 2. Waiwai Fractality and the Arboreal Bias of PES Schemes in Guyana: What to Make of the Multiplicity of Amazonian Cosmographies? Laura H. Mentore 3. Redefining Identities, Redefining Landscapes: Indigenous Identity and Land Rights Struggles in the Brazilian Amazon Omaira Bolaños 4. Rubber Tapper Citizens: Emerging Places, Policies, and Shifting Rural-Urban Identities in Acre, Brazil Jacqueline M. Vadjunec, Marianne Schmink and Carlos Valério A. Gomes 5. Amazonian Agriculturalists bound by Subsistence Hunting Eric Minzenberg and Richard Wallace 6. Traditional Communities in the Brazilian Amazon and the Emergence Of New Political Identities: The Struggle Of The Quebradeiras De Coco Babaçu – Babassu Breaker Women Noemi Porro, Iran Veiga and Dalva Mota 7. Transboundary Political Ecology in Amazonia: History, Culture, And Conflicts of the Borderland Asháninka David S. Salisbury, José Borgo López and Jorge W. Vela Alvarado 8. Beyond Postdevelopment: Civic Responses to Regional Integration in the Amazon Sonja K. Pieck 9. The New Amazon Geographies: Insurgent Citizenship, ‘‘Amazon Nation’’ and the Politics of Environmentalisms Susanna B. Hecht
Jacqueline M. Vadjunec is an assistant professor of Geography at Oklahoma State University.
Marianne Schmink is Professor of Latin American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Florida, where she was Director of the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) program.