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How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human

Eduardo Kohn


Can forests think? Do dogs dream? This book challenges the very foundations of anthropology, calling into question our central assumptions about what it means to be human—and thus distinct from all other life forms. Based on four years of fieldwork among the Runa of Ecuador’s Upper Amazon, the book draws on ethnographic research to explore how Amazonians interact with the many creatures that inhabit one of the world’s most complex ecosystems. Whether or not we recognize it, our anthropological tools hinge on those capacities that make us distinctly human. However, when we turn our ethnographic ... More

Keywords: anthropology, Runa, Ecuador, Upper Amazon, ethnography, Amazonians, complex ecosystems, anthropological tools, conceptual tools, living world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276109
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eduardo Kohn, author