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Under a Watchful Eye: Self, Power, and Intimacy in Amazonia

Harry Walker


What does it mean to be accompanied? How can autonomy and a sense of self emerge through one's involvements with others? This book examines the formation of self among the Urarina, an Amazonian people of lowland Peru. Based on detailed ethnography, the analysis highlights the role of intimate but asymmetrical attachments and dependencies that begin in the womb but can extend beyond human society to include a variety of animals, plants, spirits, and material objects. It thereby raises fundamental questions about what it means to be alive, to be an experiencing subject, and to be human. From the ... More

Keywords: self, personhood, agency, materiality, subjectivity, socialization, child care, power, intimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273597
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Walker, author