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Nature and Society : Anthropological Perspectives.

Author: Philippe Descola; Gisli Palsson
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
Series: European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The contributors to this book focus on the relationship between nature and society from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives. Their work draws upon recent developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology, epistemology, sociology of science, and a wide array of ethnographic case studies -- from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, the Mollucan Islands, rural comunities from Japan and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philippe Descola; Gisli Palsson
ISBN: 0415132169 9780415132169 0415132150 9780415132152
OCLC Number: 994393181
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (321 pages).
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; Editors' preface; 1 Introduction; Part I Contested domains and boundaries; 2 The optimal forager and economic man; 3 Ecology as semiotics: outlines of a contextualist paradigm for human ecology; 4 Human-environmental relations: orientalism, paternalism and communalism; 5 Constructing natures: symbolic ecology and social practice; 6 The cognitive geometry of nature: a contextual approach; Part II Sociologies of nature; 7 Nature in culture or culture in nature? Chewong ideas of 'humans' and other species. 8 Blowpipes and spears: the social significance of Huaorani technological choices9 Nature, culture, magic, science: on meta-languages for comparison in cultural ecology; 10 The cosmic food web: human-nature relatedness in the Northwest Amazon; 11 Enraged hunters: the domain of the wild in north-western Europe; Part III Nature, society and artefact; 12 When timber grows wild: the desocialisation of Japanese mountain forests; 13 Xenotransplantation and transgenesis: im-moral stories about human-animal relations in the West; 14 The reproduction of nature in contemporary high-energy physics. 15 New tools for conviviality: society and biotechnologyName index; Subject index.
Series Title: European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Other Titles: European Association of Social Anthropologists
Catastrophes in nature and society

Abstract:

The contributors to this book focus on the relationship between nature and society from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives. Their work draws upon recent developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology, epistemology, sociology of science, and a wide array of ethnographic case studies -- from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, the Mollucan Islands, rural comunities from Japan and north-west Europe, urban Greece, and laboratories of molecular biology and high-energy physics. The discussion is divided into three parts, emphasising the problems posed by the nature-cul.

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