People of Substance: An Ethnography of Morality in the Colombian Amazon

By Carlos David Londoño Sulkin

© 2012

People of Substance is a lively, accessible ethnography of a complex indigenous group of people of the Colombian Amazon who call themselves ‘People of the Center. ’ Carlos David Londoño Sulkin examines this group's understandings and practices relating to selfhood, social organization, livelihood, and symbolism. Through this, he makes a strong case for increased anthropological attention to morality and ethics.

Londoño Sulkin explains a number of key issues and debates in Amazonian anthropology with great clarity, making People of Substance a useful text for students. At the same time, it is theoretically sophisticated, combining innovative research methods with sound analysis of empirically gathered material. Contributing both to accounts of regional history and to discussions on anthropology and history, People of Substance offers valuable engagement with concepts of structure, agency, and freedom.

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Londoño Sulkin explains a number of key issues and debates in Amazonian anthropology with great clarity, making People of Substance a useful text for students.

People of Substance: An Ethnography of Morality in the Colombian Amazon

By Carlos David Londoño Sulkin

© 2012

People of Substance is a lively, accessible ethnography of a complex indigenous group of people of the Colombian Amazon who call themselves ‘People of the Center. ’ Carlos David Londoño Sulkin examines this group's understandings and practices relating to selfhood, social organization, livelihood, and symbolism. Through this, he makes a strong case for increased anthropological attention to morality and ethics.

Londoño Sulkin explains a number of key issues and debates in Amazonian anthropology with great clarity, making People of Substance a useful text for students. At the same time, it is theoretically sophisticated, combining innovative research methods with sound analysis of empirically gathered material. Contributing both to accounts of regional history and to discussions on anthropology and history, People of Substance offers valuable engagement with concepts of structure, agency, and freedom.

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Product Details

  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.8in x 9.4in
  • Author Information

    Carlos David Londoño Sulkin is an associate professor and department head in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Regina.

  • Table of contents

    Table of Contents

    Tables and Figures
    Acknowledgements
    The Muinane language: generalities and spelling conventions

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: The constitution of the moral self
    Chapter 3: Reflecting on evil and responsibility
    Chapter 4: Agency and transformation
    Chapter 5: The substances of humanity
    Chapter 6: Virtuous relationships and social organization
    Chapter 7: Shaped and historical moralities

    Appendix 1: Kinship terminology Criteria for the classification of kin Some notes on marriage and affinity A comparative synthesis
    Endnotes
    Bibliography

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