Individual and Society in Guiana

Author: Peter Riviere
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521269970
Release Date: 1984-12-28
Genre: Social Science

The Amerindian peoples of Guiana, the geographical region of north-east South America, have long been recognized as forming a distinct variety of the tropical forest culture. In this book, Peter Rivière employs a comparative perspective to reveal that Guianan societies, generally characterized as socially fluid and amorphous, are in fact much more highly structured than they first appear, and he identifies certain common patterns of social organization that result from sets of individual choices and relationships. By contrasting the characteristics of Guianan society with those from elsewhere in Lowland South America, he constructs a spectrum of complexity of Amerindian social structure, and argues that the Guianan variant represents the logically simplest form of organization in the area.

Contesting Culture

Author: Gerd Baumann
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052155554X
Release Date: 1996-04-26
Genre: Social Science

In a vivid, ethnographic account of immigrant groups living in West London, Gerd Baumann breaks with the conventional discourse of community studies to explore their mutual interaction. By treating Southall--the most densely populated, multi-ethnic ghetto in the London area--as a social field, he considers how people from different backgrounds come to terms with one another and with the dominant, host culture, while at the same time affirming their own ethnic distinctiveness.

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

Author: Michelle L. Stefano
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9781843839743
Release Date: 2014-09-18
Genre: Social Science

Wide-ranging essays on intangible cultural heritage, with a focus on its negotiation, its value, and how to protect it.

The Cultural Relations of Classification

Author: Roy Ellen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521025737
Release Date: 2006-04-20
Genre: Science

This is an innovative study, which takes our understanding beyond the taxonomic abstraction characteristic of earlier work in the field.

Animism beyond the Soul

Author: Katherine Swancutt
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781785338670
Release Date: 2018-04-01
Genre: Social Science

How might we envision animism through the lens of the ‘anthropology of anthropology’? The contributors to this volume offer compelling case studies that demonstrate how indigenous animistic practices, concepts, traditions, and ontologies are co-authored in highly reflexive ways by anthropologists and their interlocutors. They explore how native epistemologies, which inform anthropological notions during fieldwork, underpin the dialogues between researchers and their participants. In doing so, the contributors reveal ways in which indigenous thinkers might be influenced by anthropological concepts of the soul and, equally, how they might subtly or dramatically then transform those same concepts within anthropological theory.


ISBN: IND:30000087837138
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Anthropology

Gender and Land Use

Author: Mirjam de Bruijn
Publisher: Thesis Pub
ISBN: UOM:39015041624555
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Genre: Science

The consequences of changes in the natural environment are in many cases gendered. Relations between gender, land use and the management of the environment have so far been approached mostly from a philosophical or more theoretical point of view. This boo

The archaeology of Guyana

Author: Mark G. Plew
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports
ISBN: UOM:39015062424166
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science

This book is written for professional archaeologists, students of South American archaeology, heritage managers, museum staffs, and the general public. The book intends to provide sufficient breadth and detail that it stands as a scholarly work, while presenting data in a manner which allows for a wide use of the materials. Thus the book summarizes well-known sites and those less known but important to understanding the regional prehistory. The primary objective of this book is to craft an overview and synthesis of the archaeology of Guyana and in so doing document the diversity of human adaptations over several thousands of years. The ten chapters include an historical overview of the history of archaeological research in Guyana during the late 19th and late 20th centuries; an overview of the geological history, climate and geography; the general chronological context of Guyana prehistory; the Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene paleo-environmental context; the evidence for Paleo-Indian occupations; the prehistory of Northwestern Guyana with specific reference to the Archaic shellfisher and later Horticultural patterns of the littoral; the archaeology of the Abary and Hertenrits Phases of Northeastern Guyana; an overview of the Taruma Phase of Southeastern Guyana; the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, and Horticultural occupations of the Rupununi savannahs; a summary and synthesis of the Iwokrama rainforest in central Guyana; and a review of major developments in Guyana archaeology and future research needs.


Author: Frances Chambers
Publisher: Abc-Clio Inc
ISBN: STANFORD:36105026045422
Release Date: 1989
Genre: History