Yanomami Warfare: A Political History (A School for Advanced Research Resident Scholar Book)

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Generations of college students know the Yanomami as the example of "natural" aggression in human society. These reputedly isolated people have been portrayed as fiercely engaging in constant warfare over women, status, and revenge. Ferguson argues persuasively that the Yanomami make war not because Western influence is absent, but because it is present.

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Generations of college students know the Yanomami people of the Brazil-Venezuela border country as the preeminent example of "natural" aggression in human society. The reputedly isolated Yanomami have been portrayed as engaging in almost constant warfare over women, status, and revenge. Their behavior has been said to reveal the purely violent side of human nature. In Yanomami Warfare, R. Brian Ferguson shows that the Yanomami, far from living in pristine isolation, have been subject to periodic waves of Western encroachment for the last 350 years. Documenting this history of contact in comprehensive detail, the author debunks the popular misconception of the unacculturated Yanomami while creating a framework for understanding their remarkable history of violence. Ferguson argues persuasively that the Yanomami make war not because Western influence is absent, but because it is present. Examining every recorded instance of warfare among the Yanomami, the author finds strong support for his contention that the intensive and bloody conflicts for which some Yanomami are known are a product of specific historical situations rather than an expression of the indigenous culture. In the Amazon region, as elsewhere, the influence of expanding neighboring state systems has increased the propensity for violence among tribal peoples.

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Yanomami Warfare is an awesome scholarly achievement... This is a very important book, especially for everyone who has seriously read or written about the Yanomami, pondered the explanation of Yanomami warfare, or indeed been concerned with the explanation of warfare in general. --Marvin Harris, Human Ecology Vol. 24, no. 3 (1996)

Ferguson's theory of infrastructural determinism will set the agenda for debate on the Yanomamö for years to come. It is a book that cannot be ignored. --Napoleon Changon, American Anthropologist

Ferguson's theory of infrastructural determinism will set the agenda for debate on the Yanomamö for years to come. It is a book that cannot be ignored. --Keith Otterbein, State University of New York, Buffalo

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