Amazon Town: A Study of Human Life in the Tropics (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199335251

Charles Wagley
344 Pages
141 x 209 mm
Pub date
Jan 2014
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Charles Wagley (1913-1991) was an American anthropologist specializing in rural Latin America. His principal focus was Brazil, where he is considered one of the founders of contemporary Brazilian Anthropology. He made major contributions to the concept of cultural areas for Latin America (including a typology of subcultures for the region) and to the notion that race was a cultural construct. He conducted extensive research in the Amazon among indigenous and peasant peoples. Out of the latter came his classic description of peasant life (e.g. rubber tappers) in the Amazon- Amazon Town. Co-authors Conrad Kottak and Richard Pace have revised and updated Charles Wagley's Amazon Town to coincide with Wagley's 100th birthday in late 2013. Revisions include a new foreword by Conrad Kottak, and a new preface and chapter by Richard Pace.


Foreword by Conrad Kottak
Preface to the 2013 Edition
Preface to the 1976 Edition
I. The Problem of Humanity in the Tropics
II. An Amazon Community
III. Making a Living in the Tropics
IV. Social Relations in an Amazon Community
V. Family Affairs in an Amazon Community
VI. People Also Play
VII. From Magic to Science
VIII. A Community in an Underdeveloped Area: The Struggle for Liberation and Sustainable Development

About the author: 

Charles Wagley (1913-1991) was an American anthropologist specializing in rural Latin America. Richard Pace, a Professor of Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University, studied with Wagley at Florida. Conrad Kottak is the Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and Chair of Section 51, Anthropology at the National Academy of Sciences.

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