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Under a Watchful Eye - Self, Power, and Intimacy in Amazonia (Hardcover, New) Loot Price: R1,079
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Under a Watchful Eye - Self, Power, and Intimacy in Amazonia (Hardcover, New): Harry Walker

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Under a Watchful Eye - Self, Power, and Intimacy in Amazonia (Hardcover, New)

Harry Walker

Series: Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity, 9

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What does it mean to be accompanied? How can autonomy and a sense of self emerge through one's involvement with others? This book examines the formation of self among the Urarina, an Amazonian people of lowland Peru. Based on detailed ethnography, the analysis highlights the role of intimate but asymmetrical attachments and dependencies which begin in the womb, but can extend beyond human society to include a variety of animals, plants, spirits and material objects. It thereby raises fundamental questions about what it means to be alive, to be an experiencing subject, and to be human. From the highly personalized relationships that develop between babies and their hammocks, to the demonstrations of love and respect between spouses and the power asymmetries that structure encounters between shamans and spirits, hunters and game animals, or owners and pets, what emerges is a strong sense that the lived experience of togetherness lies at the heart of the human condition. Recognizing this relational quality of existence enables us to see how acting effectively in the world may be less a matter of individual self-assertion than learning how to elicit empathetic acts of care and attentiveness by endearing oneself to others.

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Imprint: University of California Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity, 9
Release date: November 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Harry Walker
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 252
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-520-27359-7
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies > Indigenous peoples
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology > General
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LSN: 0-520-27359-1
Barcode: 9780520273597

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