The Master Plant

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Anthropologists and other researchers working in lowland South America write about the historical and contemporary role of tobacco within indigenous communities.
Foreword Robin Wright, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA Introduction: The Changing Landscape of Tobacco Use in Lowland South America Andrew Russell, Durham University, UK and Elizabeth Rahman, University of Oxford, UK Part One: Tobacco in Ecological and Historical Contexts 1. A Deep History of Tobacco in Lowland South America Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo, University of Florida, USA and Nicholas C. Kawa, Ball State University, USA 2. Methods of Tobacco Use among Two Arawakan-speaking Peoples in Southwestern Amazonia: A Case Study of Structural Diffusion Peter Gow, University of St Andrews, UK 3. Tobacco and Shamanic Agency in the Upper Amazon: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Francoise Barbira-Freedman, University of Cambridge, UK Part Two: Shifting Perspectives 4. Singing White Smoke and Blowing the Song: Tobacco Songs from the Ucayali Valley Bernd Brabec de Mori, University of Graz, Austria 5. Cool Tobacco Breath: The Uses and Meanings of Tobacco among the People of the Centre Juan Alvaro Echeverri, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia 6. Tobacco and Water: Everyday Blessings Elizabeth Rahman, University of Oxford, UK Part Three: Changing Landscapes 7. Commercial Cigarettes and Tami Ale among the Wayana in Northern Amazonia Renzo S. Duin, Leiden University, The Netherlands 8. Landscapes of Desire and Tobacco Circulation in the Yanomami Ethos Alejandro Reig, University of Oxford, UK 9. Of Tobacco and Wellbeing in Indigenous Amazonia Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti, University of St Andrews, UK 10. Smoking Tobacco and Swinging the Chicha: On Different Modes of Sociality among Kuna People Paolo Fortis, Durham University, UK Afterword Stephen Hugh-Jones, University of Cambridge, UK Index Bibliography
For many indigenous groups living in lowland South America, tobacco is a seminal 'master plant', a blessing from the gods that is an essential element in human and non-human relationships, as well as a source of everyday health and wellbeing. This contrasts markedly with the demonic position it holds in contemporary public health discourse. This book presents contemporary accounts from leading anthropologists and other researchers who have first-hand experience of the role of tobacco in the lives of indigenous peoples of lowland South America: the 'source' region of this important plant. Offering the first critical overview and comparison of tobacco in local ethnographic contexts, this study will be essential reading not only for those interested in the culture, society and history of Latin America but also for public health academics and practitioners working in tobacco control who are seeking alternative perspectives on this ubiquitous plant.
Editiert von: Andrew Russell, Elizabeth Rahman
Andrew Russell is a Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, and a Reader in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, UK. Elizabeth Rahman is a cultural anthropologist based at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Autor: Andrew Russell
ISBN-13 :: 9781472587541
ISBN: 1472587545
Erscheinungsjahr: 12.03.2015
Gewicht: 544g
Seiten: 280
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 244x163x20 mm
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