Dialectical Societies: The Ge and Bororo of Central Brazil

Dialectical Societies: The Ge and Bororo of Central Brazil

by David Maybury-Lewis (Editor)

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Overview

The Gê-speaking tribes of Central Brazil have always been an anomaly in the annals of anthropology; their exceedingly simple technology contrasts sharply with their highly complex sociological and ideological traditions. Dialectical Societies, the outgrowth of extended anthropological research organized by David Maybury-Lewis, at long last demystifies Gê social structure while modifying and reinterpreting some of the traditional ideas held about kinship, affiliation, and descent.

Each of the seven contributors deals with a different lowland tribe, but all of them address an ideological focus on the dualistic tribal organization that is here defined as fundamental to the Gê As a collection, their work comprises a substantial revision of the hitherto undeveloped and largely ignored ethnography of Central Brazil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674180710
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Harvard Studies in Cultural Anthropology , #1
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

David Maybury-Lewis was Edward C. Henderson Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and founder and president of Cultural Survival, an organization that defends indigenous rights.

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