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Nature and society, anthropological perspectives, edited Philippe Descola and Gisli Palsson

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
Table Of 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
Literary Form
non fiction
" ... revised versions of papers that were presented at the Third Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists in Oslo in June 1994." -- Editor's preface
Physical Description
1 online resource (321 p.)
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