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Yanomamo: The Fierce People (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology) Paperback – April 1, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0030328190 ISBN-10: 0030328195 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology
  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt School; 4th edition (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030328195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030328190
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,140,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Foreword. Author's Preface to the Sixth Edition. Acknowledgments. Prologue. The Killing of Ruwahiwa. 1. Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo. 2. Cultural Ecology. 3. Myth and Cosmos. 4. Social Organization and Demography. 5. Political Alliances, Trading, and Feasting. 6. Yanomamo Warfare. 7. Alliance With the Mishimishimabowei-teri. 8. The Acceleration of Change in Yanomamoland. 9. Interview of the Author by William G. Irons. Glossary. References Cited. Ethnographic Films on the Yanomamo. Index. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Napoleon A. Chagnon was born the second of twelve children in Port Austin, Michigan, in 1938. He is married and has two children. He began his academic training at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (now called Lake Superior State University), in the physics curriculum. After one year there, he transferred to the University of Michigan, changed his major to anthropology, and received his B.A. (1961), M.A. (1963), and Ph.D. (1966) degrees in anthropology at the University of Michigan. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School from which position he participated in an extensive multi- disciplinary study of the Y?nomamö Indians of Venezuela and Brazil. During this time he also held a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he taught anthropology courses. He has held positions at Pennsylvania State University, Cambridge University, Northwestern University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. His recent views on Anthropology as a discipline are contained in Noble Savages, his most recent book (2012). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In really good shape and i received my package on time and in proper packing materials, so it was not damaged. :)
CUrquidez
Meanwhile, if you want a good book about a primitive tribe, both this and Spirit of the Rainforest make great reads, even though they come from opposing factions.
David Marshall
I am a graduating student of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon who was assigned to read this book for a Cultural Anthropology class.
LinGrad

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1997
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This book has been criticized heavily for its emphasis on violence and warfare, and in fact there are many things in Chagnon's ethnography which could be debated--however, above all, this is a very readable, very well written book which does provide a lot of useful information. I read it as a student in the mid-70's and again last year before I went to work with the Yanomami in Brazil, and it was quite useful. I think it should be the first book on the Yanomami that any novice reads--the other books, attacking Chagnon, won't mean much otherwise
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By LinGrad on April 10, 2001
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I am a graduating student of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon who was assigned to read this book for a Cultural Anthropology class. Much to my surprise, this book has become a real page-turner!
I never thought I'd have a hard time putting down a textbook. Chagnon's insightful, and more importantly, personalized account of his experiences living among an Amazonian tribe is riveting. He is graphic and provides the kind of realistic detail that is rarely encountered in a textbook - at least none that I've come across so far. He pulls no punches, either in his descriptions of the cultural mores of the Yanomamo, or relating his own struggles and disagreements with his anthropological colleagues.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about other cultures, and what motivates humans to behave as they do. This is not just a book for college students or those working in the Anthropology field. I am a Business Management major, but I find the insights this book gives on the human condition to be invaluable. It is always important to be able to see the world through other people's eyes, and Napoleon Chagnon makes that possible through this book.
What better recommendation can I give, but that I will definitely not be selling this book back to my college bookstore, but rather adding it to my personal library!
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul V. McDowell on January 3, 1999
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Most introductory ethnographies--descriptions of a variety of cultures--drag on and on. Napoleon Chagnon's Yanomamo is different. From his less-than-ideal first encounter with a dozen warriors who greeted him with bows drawn, to a Jaguar's breath as a wake-up call at 3:00 a.m. in the middle of a jungle, Chagnon takes his readers through one (mis)adventure after another. Still, Yanomamo is far more than an ethnographic thriller depicting a tribal people in southern Venezuela. Chagnon describes in detail the Yanomamos' seemingly exotic practices--the rule that a tribesman should marry his classificatory cross-cousin, or the abduction of women that invariably sparks a war, or a chest-pounding duel at any feast that might prevent an all-out battle from breaking out amid the festivities. More, he explains the significance of these (for us) strange practices: for example, marrying your cross-cousin is a very good way to keep your village together. (Read and find out how.) For more than 20 years, I have used successive editions of this text for my introductory anthropology courses. Indeed, Yanomamo is among the most widely adopted ethnographies at the college freshman level. This book is a readable yet solid piece of scholarship, one that many students will keep long after the finals are over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Duncanson on June 20, 2014
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Maggies can use this disk and Chagnon's book to get their first glimpse of what is involved with field work.

Indiana Jones, an Archie not a Maggie, said the majority of a scholar's time is spent in the library and Chagnon's book shows how brutal and taxing is it is to do the original research that can be found there.

Chagnon's first glimpse of his subjects takes the form of about twenty men pretty much nude with inflamed eyes and three foot long ropes of green snot (coming from where snot normally comes) gripping and brandishing spears and axes while running at him and yelling, loudly. They had just snorted something and were a little more edgy than usual.

Among the Yanonmamos's most interesting traits two are worth noting--they demanded stuff in manner near to mugging and they stole stuff but would not fight if Chagnon said give it back.

This CD-Rom makes much of what is described well in the book a clear proof of Chagnon's accurate rendering of place and people.

For anthropologists the book and disc are worthwhile reading and viewing to discover if you want to do pursue research in a jungle deep up the Amazon or study furniture makers in Denmark.

I think the former might be a good choice if you have really high blood pressure and like seeing mosquitos explode as they try to siphon your blood. Denmark is good if Ikea is your fallback or you want to start of collection of Kala horses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Genie M on December 24, 2013
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I needed this book for my Anthropology 101 class since it's my major and I read the whole thing- it was fascinating.
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Chagnon is a controversial figure and many anthropologist hate him because he described all the sides of Yanomamo and not only the peaceful side. A lot of religious people hate him too as he takes the Yanomamos sides in the conflict with the Catholic church's missionaries who want to make the Yanomamo hunger for our world electronics and religion. No matter if you are a missionary, a Brazilian gold digger or just a feminists anthropologist only searching for one side of the story you will love this book. If you want to know how it was like 12000 to 10000 years ago when Homo sapiens created agriculture this is the book to read. Yanomamo are magnificent people but they are violent killers at the same time. If you can accept that tribal societies are more violent than ours you will learn a lot from this book.
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