12088 - Perpetual disequilibrium ¿ Panará sociality in time and space

In this paper I revisit the debate between Lévi-Strauss and Maybury-Lewis on the nature of social stability in Amerindian societies. Taking the ethnographic case of Panará people, I suggest that recent Panará history can be understood in terms of a series of transforming dualisms involving at their centre an ever-changing concept of alterity. In particular I explore how Panará spatial descent group membership intersects with concepts of change and transformation brought about by varying forces of alterity.

Keywords: Panará, social organisation, kinship, space

Author: Ewart, Elizabeth (University of Oxford, United Kingdom/Ver Königr)


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