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A Walk To The River in Amazonia : Ordinary Reality for the Mehinaku Indians (Hardcover)

Author: Stang, Carla

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Our lives are mostly composed of ordinary reality?the flow of moment-to-moment existence?and yet it has been largely overlooked as a subject in itself for anthropological study. In this work, the author achieves an understanding of interstitial reality for the Mehinaku Indians, an Amazonian people, in two stages: first by observing various aspects of their experience and second by relating how these different parts come to play in the stream of their ordinary consciousness. In this way, abstract schemata such as "cosmology," "sociality," "gender," and the "everyday" are understood as they are actually lived. This book contributes to the general ethnography of the Amazon, specifically the Upper Xingu. Its approach crosses disciplinary boundaries between anthropology, philosophy, and psychology, and in doing so attempts an understanding of what Malinowski called the "imponderabilia of actual life."


Publisher Berghahn Books
Mfg Part# 9781845455552
SKU 208040445
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 184545555X
Release Date 8/1/2009
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