The first book to address the classic anthropological theme of property through the ethgraphy of Amazonia, Ownership and Nurture sets new and challenging terms for anthropological debates about the region and about property in general. Property and ownership have special significance and carry specific meanings in Amazonia, which has been portrayed as the antithesis of Western, property-based, civilization. Through carefully constructed studies of land ownership, slavery, shamanism, spirit mastery, aesthetics, and intellectual property, this volume demonstrates that property relations are of central importance in Amazonia, and that the ownership of persons plays an especially significant role in native cosmology.
Marc Brightman is Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Carlos Fausto is Professor of Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Senior Fellow of the National Council for the Development of Science and Technology (CNPq). Vanessa Grotti is Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
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Carlos Fausto, Marc Brightman, Vanessa Elisa Grotti