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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1813/2193
Title: Culture Confronts Nature in the Dialectical World of the Tropics
Authors: Isbell, Billie Jean
Keywords: Astronomy
Ethnoastronomy
Archaeoastronomy
Mesoamerica
Indigenous Societies
American Tropics
Zenith
Nadir
Anthropology
Issue Date: 1982
Publisher: New York Academy of Science
Citation: Isbell, Billie Jean. Culture Confronts Nature in the Dialectical World of the Tropics. In Ethno-Astronomy and Archaeo-Astronomy in the American Tropics, edited by A. F. Aveni and G. Urton. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 385 (1982): 353-363.
Abstract: As an anthropologist, I would like to suggest that the tropics provide a perceptual environment that promotes and enhances a particular 'science of the concrete, whereby perceived order in the environment is the basis for systems of classifications, epistemological structures, and cosmologies. In the American tropics, the science of the concrete takes on a particular character that results in epistemologies founded in what I will call dialectical, reversible dualism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1813/2193
ISBN: 0897661605
0897661613
Appears in Collections:Billie Jean Isbell Andean Collection

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