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Enchanted (and Disenchanted) Amazonia: Environmental Ethics and Cultural Identity in Northern Brazil

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Abstract:

Socio-spatial diversity of environmental ethics and regional-ethnic identity in northern Brazil is examined with the aim of presenting a culturally complex account of Amazonian worldviews in the making. These worldviews involve the variable merging of Amerindian, riverine peasant and new settler beliefs. Interpretative and empiricist textual strategies are juxtaposed in order to explore both broad human-environmental relations, as seen through the prism of enchanted and disenchanted worldviews, as well as the subtlety of belief and disbelief in specific elements of worldview, which reflect the different social backgrounds of individuals. The first part deals with the cultural significance of what is believed while the second part treats the socio-environmental implications of who believes and why.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13668790902753112

Affiliations: Departamento de Geografia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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