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Author Brightman, Marc, author

Title The imbalance of power : leadership, masculinity and wealth in the Amazon / Marc Brightman
Published New York : Berghahn, 2016


Description 1 online resource (xv, 187 pages)
Contents Intro -- Contents -- Figures, Illustrations and Tables -- Acknowledgements -- A Note on Trio and Wayana Language and Orthography -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Chapter 1 -- Making Trio and Other Peoples -- Chapter 2 -- Houses and In-Laws -- Chapter 3 -- Trade, Money and Influence -- Chapter 4 -- Music and Ritual Capacities -- Chapter 5 -- Owning Persons and Places -- Conclusion: Society Transcends the State -- Glossary -- Appendix: Trio Relationship Terminology -- References -- Index
Summary AmerIndian societies have an iconic status in classical political thought. For Montaigne, Hobbes, Locke, Hume and Rousseau, the native American 'state of nature' operates as a foil for the European polity. Challenging this tradition, The Imbalance of Power demonstrates ethnographically that the Carib speaking Indigenous societies of the Guiana region of Amazonia do not fit conventional characterizations of 'simple' political units with 'egalitarian' political ideologies and 'harmonious' relationships with nature. Marc Brightman builds a persuasive and original theory of AmerIndian politics: far from balanced and egalitarian, Carib societies are rife with tension and difference; but this imbalance conditions social dynamism and a distinctive mode of cohesion. The Imbalance of Power is based on the author's fieldwork in partnership with Vanessa Grotti, who is working on a companion volume entitled Living with the Enemy: First Contacts and the Making of Christian Bodies in Amazonia
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Trio Indians.
Wayana Indians.
Akurio Indians.
Power (Social sciences) -- Guiana
Group identity -- Guiana
Leadership -- Guiana
Masculinity -- Political aspects -- Guiana
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Akurio Indians.
Ethnic relations.
Group identity.
Masculinity -- Political aspects.
Power (Social sciences)
Trio Indians.
Wayana Indians.
Politische Anthropologie
Soziale Ungleichheit
Trio Volk
SUBJECT Guiana -- Ethnic relations
Subject South America -- Guiana.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781785333101