Indigenous Youth in Brazilian Amazonia: Changing Lived Worlds

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Abstract

In Latin America, young indigenous people have become visible subjects in ethnic and interethnic encounters. Their engagement with the global world, institutions, technology, religious ideas, and politics tells us how indigenous groups adapt, transform, and innovate in relation to wider social and cultural trends, and how resilient modes of thinking and practices are. We need to consider their transition to adulthood as a core dimension of personhood. Equally, if we are to understand young people, we must know how they shape their values, actions, and identity. So how do Amazonian native young people perceive, question and/or negotiate the new kinds of social and cultural situations in which they find themselves? Virtanen looks at how current power relations constituted by ethnic recognition, new social contacts, and cooperation with different institutions have shaped the current native youth in Amazonia. Using detailed ethnographic account of the Manchineri community, the study examines at indigenous youths' new transition to adulthood, their responsibilities, and experiences related to, for instance, urbanization, and global youth cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)978-1137265340
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2012
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities

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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 272 p.

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