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"Gold is illusion": the Garimpeiros of Tapajos Valley in the Brazilian Amazonia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study analyses the formation of power relations and hierarchy among the gold diggers of the region of the Tapajos in the lower Amazonas. Following the route of immigrants who escape from social death in the Brazilian Northeast driven on by the dream of gold, this book analyses the daily life of a community of gold diggers. It studies the articulation between individual and group and between the local society and regional and national contexts. The description of methods of work in gold extraction form a background to an analysis of how social identity, power and authority are constituted in the gold digger society, in which an ever present violence and prevalent disease combine to  keep the individual in a state of existential precariousness. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm :: Deptartmen of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University , 2002. , 213 p.
Series
Stockholm studies in social anthropology, ISSN 0347-0830 ; 50
Keyword [sv]
Guldgrävning, sociala aspekter, Brasilien, Tapajós
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143780Libris ID: 8560177ISBN: 91-7265-350-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143780DiVA: diva2:1105084
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2002-09-20, 10:00
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Available from: 2017-06-02 Created: 2017-06-02 Last updated: 2017-10-19Bibliographically approved

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