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Rockets roar into space—bearing roughly half the world's commercial satellites—from the same South American coastal rainforest where convicts once did time on infamous Devil's Island. What makes Space in the Tropics enthralling is anthropologist Peter Redfield's ability to draw from these two disparate European projects in French Guiana a gleaming web of ideas about the intersections of nature and culture. In comparing the Franco-European Ariane rocket program with the earlier penal experiment, Redfield connects the myth of Robinson Crusoe, nineteenth-century prison reform, the Dreyfus Affair, tropical medicine, postwar exploration of outer space, satellite technology, development, and ecotourism with a focus on place, and the incorporation of this particular place into greater extended systems. Examining the wider context of the Ariane program, he argues that technology and nature must be understood within a greater ecology of displacement and makes a case for the importance of margins in understanding the trajectories of modern life.

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"Global? Local? Historical? Futuristic? Exotic? Quotidian? Peter Redfield shows us that if you go to the right place, don't stay there, look and listen carefully, and spend years crafting the manuscript and your ideas, it is possible to write a book such as Space in the Tropics that shows that there already is an anthropology for the new millennium."—Paul Rabinow, author of French DNA, Trouble in Purgatory

"Space in the Tropics speaks — often quite brilliantly — to several domains all at once and makes us take a second look at things we think we know all too well. If traditional anthropology attempted to introduce us to other worlds, Redfield introduces us to ourselves."—John R. Gillis, author of A World of Their Own Making

About the Author

Peter Redfield is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520219854
Author:
Redfield, Peter
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
History
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Australia/Oceania - South Pacific
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Penal colonies
Subject:
French guiana
Subject:
Economic development -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
55
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 b/w photographs, 4 maps, 4 tables
Pages:
361
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 20 oz

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"Global? Local? Historical? Futuristic? Exotic? Quotidian? Peter Redfield shows us that if you go to the right place, don't stay there, look and listen carefully, and spend years crafting the manuscript and your ideas, it is possible to write a book such as Space in the Tropics that shows that there already is an anthropology for the new millennium."—Paul Rabinow, author of French DNA, Trouble in Purgatory

"Space in the Tropics speaks — often quite brilliantly — to several domains all at once and makes us take a second look at things we think we know all too well. If traditional anthropology attempted to introduce us to other worlds, Redfield introduces us to ourselves."—John R. Gillis, author of A World of Their Own Making

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