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The Amazonian Puzzle
Ethnic Positionings and Social Mobilizations
Foreword by Peter Wade
147 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-090-9 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (October 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80539-374-0 eBook Not Yet Published
In the Brazilian Amazon region, cultural “mixture” is expressed in the interaction of city and hinterland, of Indigenous and Black, of religiosity and politics. By examining the multiple cultural and ethnic threads that traverse this landscape, The Amazonian Puzzle sets out to show how the category of caboclo (a powerful spiritual entity to some, and to others a despised peasant of mixed ancestry) reveals deep currents of ethnic recompositions, religious interpenetration, and social hierarchy. These Amazonian dynamics are explored through the lens of ethnography, sociology, and history.
Véronique Boyer is an anthropologist, a research director at the CNRS, and a member of the American Worlds Laboratory. She has been conducting research in the Brazilian Amazon for over 30 years. She is the author of Expansion évangélique et migrations : la renaissance des perdants (Karthala, 2009).
Subject: Anthropology (General)Sociology
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean
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