Of Mixed Blood: Kinship and History in Peruvian Amazonia - Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Hardback)
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Of Mixed Blood: Kinship and History in Peruvian Amazonia - Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 24/10/1991
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Of Mixed Blood is an ethnography of the native people of the Bajo Urubamba river in Peruvian Amazonia. The people of this region appear very acculturated when compared to better-known indigenous Amazonian peoples. Peter Gow's analysis focuses on features of social organization which would seem to demonstrate this most clearly: the role of schools and recent land reform laws in the definition of the community, and native people's claim to be `of mixed blood'. By stressing that these claims are made by native people themselves, he challenges the dominant vision of them as passive victims of history. Dr Gow argues that when native people's claims are viewed from the perspective of their own values, and in the context of their creation of life through the productive transformation of the forest and the commodity economy, they can be seen to form a coherent part of kinship. Historical change is thus revealed as interior to the ongoing creation of kinship for native people, rather than alien to it. This study offers a new approach to the issue of historical and ethnographic analysis of Amazonian cultures.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198273554
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 563 g
Dimensions: 223 x 146 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Mixed Blood is both ethnographic and ethno-historical and lays the groundwork for a more elaborate regional study' Times Higher Education Supplement
'The book provides a clear answer to the question of how the natives live their history and their present.' Rodrigo Montoya, University of Cambridge, Latin American Studies, Volume 25
'The analysis is rich and insightful" American Anthropologist
`Explorant cette terra incognita entre la culture nationale et les cultures tribales indigenees des pays andins, ce livre aborde donc des questions cruciales non seulement pour l'amazonisme contemporain, mais pour la discipline en general ... L'une des principales qualites de ce livre, a l'ecriture claire et discrete, est la subtilie de ses notations ... Un livre qui suscite donc des questions importantes et retient constamment, par sa subtilite et son imagination, l'interet du lecteur. l'Homme

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