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Failed Guardianship or Failed Metaphors in the Brazilian Amazon? Problems with "Imagined Eco-Communities" and Other Metaphors and Models for the Amazon Peasantries

Richard Pace
Journal of Anthropological Research
Vol. 60, No. 2 (Summer, 2004), pp. 231-260
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3630817
Page Count: 30
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Abstract

This article examines the discourse on rainforest guardianship in the Brazilian Amazon with a focus on the traditional peasantries. After presenting examples of alleged guardianship failures from research conducted in Gurupá, Pará, I analyze the principal metaphors and models of behavior used in the popular and social science literature to interpret the actions of the Amazon peasantries (space apart; dysfunctional moral model; subversive model; guardian model; and self-interest model). I conclude by suggesting an analytic framework based on variables of time span and group size to assess the fit between metaphors, models, and behavior.

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