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Raffles draws from a wide range of material to demonstrate--in contrast to the tendency to downplay human agency in the Amazon--that the region is an outcome of the intimately intertwined histories of humans and nonhumans. He moves between a detailed narrative that analyzes the production of scientific knowledge about Amazonia over the centuries and an absorbing account of the extraordinary transformations to the fluvial landscape carried out over the past forty years by the inhabitants of Igarape Guariba, four hours downstream from the nearest city.
Engagingly written, theoretically inventive, and vividly illustrated, the book introduces a diverse range of characters--from sixteenth-century explorers and their native rivals to nineteenth-century naturalists and contemporary ecologists, logging company executives, and river-traders. A natural history of a different kind, In Amazonia shows how humans, animals, rivers, and forests all participate in the making of a region that remains today at the center of debates in environmental politics.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Ethnology Brazil Igarape Guariba, Ethnology Amazon River Valley, Indigenous peoples Ecology Brazil Igarape Guariba, Indigenous peoples Ecology Amazon River Region, Estuarine ecology Brazil Igarape Guariba, Estuarine ecology Amazon River Region, Natural history Brazil Igarape Guariba, Natural history Amazon River Region, Igarape Guariba (Brazil) History, Amazon River Region History, Igarape Guariba (Brazil) Social life and customs, Amazon River Region Social life and customs