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Space and Society in Central Brazil
A Panará Ethnography

ISBN 9780857857262
Published November 21, 2013 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Hailed once as ‘giants of the Amazon’, Panará people emerged onto a world stage in the early 1970s. What followed is a remarkable story of socio-demographic collapse, loss of territory, and subsequent recovery. Reduced to just 79 survivors in 1976, Panará people have gone on to recover and reclaim a part of their original lands in an extraordinary process of cultural and social revival. Space and Society in Central Brazil is a unique ethnographic account, in which analytical approaches to social organisation are brought into dialogue with Panará social categories and values as told in their own terms. Exploring concepts such as space, material goods, and ideas about enemies, this book examines how social categories transform in time and reveals the ways in which Panará people themselves produce their identities in constant dialogue with the forms of alterity that surround them. Clearly and accessibly written, this book will appeal to students, scholars and anyone interested in the complex lives and histories of indigenous Amazonian societies.

Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Villages and ObjectsThe View from the HouseThe View from the CentreSoti - the Value of ThingsPart Two: Others and SelvesHipe - Enemies and OthersHipe Within - Witches and WitchcraftThe Making of PeoplePeanutsConclusionBibliographyIndex

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Elizabeth Ewart is university lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Oxford, UK.


Elizabeth Ewart very effectively analyzes an Amazonian group that only came into regular contact with the outside world in the 1970s, engaging with classic literature on the subject of Amazonian (specifically Ge) social organization to discover how that organization works in the present and by extension how it has probably always worked. - Anthropology Review Database - Jack David Eller