- Series: Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Holt McDougal; 3rd edition (December 12, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0030623286
- ISBN-13: 978-0030623288
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yanomamo: The Fierce People (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology) Paperback – December 12, 1984
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This is still an okay book, but I'd recommend buying "Yanomamo: The last days of Eden" instead, if you've got the money to do so.
One reviewer of "Last Days of Eden" described Chagnon as being rather condescending and looking down on the Yanomamo; I did not find any trace of that attitude here. He seems to have immersed himself completely in this very alien culture, and to understand and accept it very well, without necessarily condoning some of its less attractive features (for example, to our sensibilities, the treatment of women as bargaining chips, to buy security when a village has to seek shelter with a stronger protector). In any case, for us in the west to condemn the ritual violence which permeates Yanomamo life, but which has careful graduations to avoid establishing blood-feuds which may last generations, seems somewhat hypocritical when we ourselves have recently engaged in "vanity wars" and are increasingly using drones to obliterate our perceived enemies (and anyone else in the vicinity).Read more ›