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Reviewer Meets Reviewed: Space and Society in Central Brazil
Thursday 15 March 2018, 02:00pm - 04:00pm
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

SEMINAR SERIES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM'S ANTHROPOLOGY LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTRE

Space and Society in Central Brazil: A Panará Ethnography

Thursday 15 March at 2.00 pm

Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between Dr Elizabeth Ewart, author of Space and Society in Central Brazil: A Panará ethnography, and Dr Paolo Fortis, who reviewed the book for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Hailed once as 'giants of the Amazon', Panará people emerged onto a world stage in the early 1970s. What followed is a remarkable story of socio-demographic collapse, loss of territory, and subsequent recovery. Reduced to just 79 survivors in 1976, Panará people have gone on to recover and reclaim a part of their original lands in an extraordinary process of cultural and social revival. Space and Society in Central Brazil is a unique ethnographic account, in which analytical approaches to social organisation are brought into dialogue with Panará social categories and values as told in their own terms. Exploring concepts such as space, material goods, and ideas about enemies, this book examines how social categories transform in time and reveals the ways in which Panará people themselves produce their identities in constant dialogue with the forms of alterity that surround them.

Bookings/enquiries: Ted Goodliffe (TGoodliffe@britishmuseum.org)

Location : Anthropology Library, British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom