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“At once an anthropological interpretation of historical encounters between Europeans and ‘natives,’ a critically reflexive approach to anthropological understandings of ‘culture,’ ‘belief,’ and ‘identity,' and, perhaps most importantly for scholars working in Amazonia, a highly influential framework through which many ethnographers have come to understand indigenous cosmology and sociality. . . . Viveiros de Castro’s book has left an important mark on Americanist scholarship in recent years, and its translation should only extend its influence.”
(Critique of Anthropology 2014-04-22)

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Eduardo Viveiros de Castro is a professor at the National Museum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984201017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984201013
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do not trust much in what the other reviewer noted (with two stars). Castro's works, together with Sahlins or Descola, attain one of the most influential fields within the contemporary cultural anthropology especially his contribution to continuing the maxim of anthropology: How are peoples different? This work, a historical review on 16th colonialists' travelogues and other writings, suggests an unseen way of reading "perspectives," a serious question on epistemology and, to my view, a very interesting experiment of thought. His writing style is more than just fine and even easy to follow, which I am actually appreciating.
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This is some of the most abstruse pointlessly wordy academic writing I have yet encountered. There may be some interesting stuff burried in there, but it just isnt worth it. If you're a professor, please spare your students this book. It should be nominated for Dennis Dutton's Worst Writing Contest.
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