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Published: 13 November 2013

344 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199335251

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Amazon Town

A Study of Human Life in the Tropics

Anniversary Edition

Charles Wagley, Foreword by Conrad Kottak, and Contributions by Richard Pace

Charles Wagley (1913-1991) was an American anthropologist specializing in rural Latin America. His principal focus was on Brazil, where he is considered to be one of the founders of contemporary Brazilian anthropology. He made major contributions to the concept of culture 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 groups and rural Brazilians. Out of the latter came his classic description of life in the Amazon: Amazon Town. With this volume, editor/author Richard Pace has revised and updated Charles Wagley's Amazon Town to coincide with Wagley's 100th birthday in late 2013.

New to this Edition:

  • Charles Wagley's photographs of key characters, published here for the first time
  • Extensive new footnotes--with updated regional and local information--telling the stories of the lives of main characters and their descendants
  • A new foreword by Conrad Kottak
  • A new chapter by Richard Pace on the history of Gurupá since the 1950s, with recent photos

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