Amazon Peasant Societies in a Changing Environment

Political Ecology, Invisibility and Modernity in the Rainforest

  • Cristina Adams
  • Rui Murrieta
  • Walter Neves
  • Mark Harris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cristina Adams, Rui Murrieta, Walter Neves
      Pages 1-18
  3. Identity, History and Society

  4. Sustainability and Development Policies

  5. Resource Management

  6. Gender and Daily Life

  7. Diet and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Cristina Adams, Rui Murrieta, Andrea Siqueira, Walter Neves, Rosely Sanches
      Pages 281-305
  8. Introduction

    1. Rui Murrieta, Walter Neves, Henyo Barretto Filho, Cristina Adams
      Pages 335-345
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 347-358

About this book


Amazonia is never quite what it seems. Despite regular attention in the media and numerous academic studies the Brazilian Amazon is rarely appreciated as a historical place home to a range of different societies. Often left invisible are the families who are making a living from the rivers and forests of the region. Broadly characterizing these people as peasants Amazon Peasant Societies in a Changing Environment seeks to bring together research by anthropologists, historians, political ecologists and biologists.

A new paradigm emerges which helps understand the way in which Amazonian modernity has developed. This book addresses a comprehensive range of questions from the politics of conservation and sustainable development to the organization of women’s work and the diet and health of Amazonian people. Apart from offering an analysis of a neglected aspect of Amazonia this collection represents a unique interdisciplinary exercise on the nature of one of the most beguiling regions of the world.


Brazilian Amazonia Conservation Development Ecology Nation Peasantry domestic economy environment gender gender roles sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Cristina Adams
    • 1
  • Rui Murrieta
    • 2
  • Walter Neves
    • 2
  • Mark Harris
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Arts, Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of São PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Genetics and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of São PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Social AnthropologyUniversity of St Andrews FifeUnited Kingdom

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