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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

Publication Date - November 2013

ISBN: 9780199335251

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

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The classic ethnography of the Amazon, now updated and revised for today's students


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

About the Author(s)

Charles Wagley was Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Specializing in rural Latin America, he was a leading pioneer in the development of Brazilian anthropology.

Conrad Kottak is the Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and recent Chair of Section 51, Anthropology at the National Academy of Sciences. He is Charles Wagley's son-in-law and literary executor.

Richard Pace is Professor of Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University. He studied with Charles Wagley at the University of Florida.

Table of Contents

    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


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