Beyond the Visible and the Material: The Amerindianization of Society in the Work of Peter Riviere

Paperback | December 1, 2001

EditorLaura M. Rival, Neil L. Whitehead

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The contributors to this volume explore the legacy of Peter Riviere, recently-retired Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, in the development of the anthropology of Amazonia. This international group of leading specialists contributes to the substantial and growing body ofAmazonian ethnography, discussing topics which include kinship and genealogy, the village as a unit of ethnographic observation and analysis, the human body in political and social processes, and gender relationships as aspects of political cosmological thinking. In addition the ethnology of theGuianas receives particular emphasis, as do the themes of shamanism, history, and colonialism as they have affected this region. In showing how alive the field of Amazonian anthropology has become, whilst pointing to conceptual aspects in need of further elaboration, the contributors demonstratetheir shared conviction that the impact of Amazonian ethnology is becoming comparable to that of African ethnology in the 1950s and Melanesian ethnology in the 1980s.

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The contributors to this volume explore the legacy of Peter Riviere, recently-retired Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, in the development of the anthropology of Amazonia. This international group of leading specialists contributes to the substantial and growing body ofAmazonian ethnography, discussing topics whic...

Laura M. Rival is a University Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Oxford. Neil L. Whitehead is a Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Laura Rival and Neil Whitehead: Forty Years of Amazonian Anthropology: The Contribution of Peter Riviere2. Eduardo Viveiros de Castro: Gut Feelings about Amazonia: Potential Affinity and the Construction of Sociality3. Anne-Christine Taylor: Wives, Pets, and Affines: Marriage among the Jivaro4. Laura Rival: Seed and Clone: The Symbolic and Social Signification of Bitter Manioc Cultivation5. Jean-Pierre Chaumeil: The Blowpipe Indians: Variations on the Theme of Blowpipe and Tube among the Yagua Indians of the Peruvian Amazon6. Philippe Erikson: Myth and Material Culture: Matis Blowguns, Palm Trees, and Ancestors7. Kaj Arhem: From Longhouse to Village: Structure and Change in the Colombian Amazon8. Vanessa Lea: The Composition of Me bengokre (Kayapo) Households in Central Brazil9. Janet Chernela: Piercing Distinctions: The Making (and Remaking) of Social Contract in the North West Amazon10. Paul Henley: Inside and Out: Alterity and the Ceremonial Construction of the Person in the Guianas11. Audrey Butt-Colson: Itoto (Kanaima) as Death and Anti-Structure12. Neil Whitehead: Kanaima: Shamanism and Ritual Death in the Pakaraima Mountains, Guyana13. Thomas Griffiths: Finding One's Body: Relationships between Cosmology and Work in North West Amazonia14. Claire Lorrain: The hierarchy Bias and the Equality Bias: Epistemological Considerations on the Analysis of Gender