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Deconstructing Nature and Society

Title: Deconstructing Nature and Society: An Account of Waiãpi Ecology.
Name(s): Schwenk, Christopher L, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-06-30
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Western ecology relies heavily on dichotomous conceptions of individuals’ relations to their society and to their environment, placing nature and society in opposition to one another as distinct realms. This dichotomy motivates the exploitative, consumerist relationship between Western societies and the natural resources exchanged as matters of economy and production. The Waiãpi indigenous community lives within a different social world composed of starkly different frameworks of society that exist apart from dichotomous understandings. This work deconstructs the nature-society dichotomy, turning to Waiãpi myths and stories as evidence of Waiãpi conceptions of being. These stories reveal a fluid cosmos, constructed of fractal layers of subjectivity in which agents are subjected to a greater whole. Furthermore, they reveal a relational net of “dividual” beings understood only insofar as they relate to others. These attributes of the Waiãpi social world stand in critique of Western modernity and vitiate the nature-society dichotomy.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1498882646_01e5f8a0 (IID)
Keywords: Indigenous, Nature, Society, Anthropology, Waiãpi, Ecology, Amazonian peoples
Preferred Citation: Schwenk, Christopher. “Deconstructing Nature and Society: An Account of Waiãpi Ecology” Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Florida State University, 2017.
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