Traditional People, Collectors of Diversity

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability book series (PSAS)


Using as a parable the work of Schrodinger and Georgescu-Roegen, who established that diversity is a necessary condition for life, this chapter calls on ethnography to argue that traditional people seem to value diversity per se and, moreover, that they may actively produce it. A sustainable future may well hinge on their own diversity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of São PauloState of São PauloBrazil

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