I studied at Reed and at the London School of Economics. My research in Brazil has focused mainly on Brazilian Amazonian societies, especially mestiço peasants of the Lower Amazon, and I have published a number of books on Amazonian themes. I have long been involved in editing the journal Critique of Anthropology and recently published a collection drawn from the journal (Critical Anthropology: foundational works, 2012). My general interests lie in the areas of historical anthropology, cognitive anthropology and anthropology’s combative relationship with science.
Since setting up the MA in Visual Anthropology in 1999, I have been involved in various projects related to anthropology and film (including the new BA in Anthropology and Visual Practice and the Centre for Visual Anthropology). Waila (2009) and Sounds Like a Vintage Guitar (2012) are anthropological documentary films I have filmed and directed (in collaboration with Ricardo Leizaola), the former focused on a Tohono O’odham musician from Tucson, the latter an exploration of the business and craft of making and faking historical electric guitars.
I am currently researching and writing about ‘the anthropocene and anthropogenicism’ and ‘Amazonian rubber and commodity chains’.
I teach across a variety of areas, but in recent years have mainly been involved in the MA Visual Anthropology – practice and history – and Indian and Peasant Politics in Amazonia.
Areas of supervision
I currently supervise:
- Sarah Howard, 'Collective responsibility, collective shame? An ethnographic study of sanitation promotion in Amhara Region, Ethiopia'
- Clate Korsant, 'Environmental Education and the Aesthetics of Conservation in Costa Rica'
- Jesccia Sklair Correa, 'Philanthropic Identities: a comparative study of wealth, responsibility and the pursuit of social change among contemporary elites in Brazil and the UK'
- Anna Wilson, 'Hi-tech Andean Mining and the Domestic Economy' (Peru)
Some Other Amazonians: perspectives on Modern Amazonians
Nugent, Stephen and Harris, Mark. 2004. Some Other Amazonians: perspectives on Modern Amazonians. Institute for the Study of the Americas/Brookings Institute. ISBN 1900039559
Amazonian Caboclo Society: An Essay on Invisibility and Peasant Economy
Nugent, Stephen. 1993. Amazonian Caboclo Society: An Essay on Invisibility and Peasant Economy. Oxford: Berg 3PL. ISBN 978-0854967568
‘Ecologism as an idiom in Amazonian Anthropology’
Nugent, Stephen. 2003. ‘Ecologism as an idiom in Amazonian Anthropology’. In: David Anderson and Eeva Berglund, eds. Ethnographies of Conservation: Environmentalism and the Distibution of Privilege. NY & Oxford: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1571814647
‘“Clubbed to death”: anthropology, the Yanomami, Science and Ethics’
Nugent, Stephen. 2003. ‘“Clubbed to death”: anthropology, the Yanomami, Science and Ethics’. In: Pat Caplan, ed. The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415296427
‘Good Risk, Bad Risk: Reflexive Modernisation and Amazonia’
Nugent, Stephen. 2000. ‘Good Risk, Bad Risk: Reflexive Modernisation and Amazonia’. In: Pat Caplan, ed. Risk Revisited. London: Pluto Press, pp. 226-248. ISBN 978-0745314631
‘Verging on the Marginal: Modern Amazonian Peasantries
Nugent, Stephen. 1998. ‘Verging on the Marginal: Modern Amazonian Peasantries. In: Sophie E. Day; Akis Papataxiarchis and Michael Stewart, eds. Lilies Of The Field: Marginal People Who Live For The Moment (Studies in the Ethnographic Imagination). Oxford: Westview Press, pp. 179-195. ISBN 978-0813335315
In Praise of Savage Civilisation
Stanton, Gareth. 1997. In Praise of Savage Civilisation. In: Stephen Nugent and Cris Shore, eds. Anthropology and Cultural Studies. London: Pluto Press, pp. 11-13. ISBN 978-0745311357
‘Amazonian Indians and Peasants: Coping in the Age of Development’
Nugent, Stephen. 1997. ‘Amazonian Indians and Peasants: Coping in the Age of Development’. In: Helen Collinson, ed. Green Guerrillas. Black Rose Books, pp. 84-92. ISBN 978-1551640662
Some reflections on anthropological structural Marxism
Nugent, Stephen. 2007. Some reflections on anthropological structural Marxism. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13(2), pp. 419-431. ISSN 13590987
Whither o campesinato? Historical peasantries of Brazilian Amazonia
Nugent, Stephen. 2002. Whither o campesinato? Historical peasantries of Brazilian Amazonia. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 29 (3-, pp. 162-189. ISSN 03066150
‘Anthropology, Science, Culture: ‘he Yanomai Science Ethics’
Nugent, Stephen. 2001. ‘Anthropology, Science, Culture: ‘he Yanomai Science Ethics’. Anthropology Today, 17(3), pp. 10-14. ISSN 0268-540X
‘The Co-ordinates of identity in Amazonia: At Play in the Fields of Culture’
Nugent, Stephen. 1997. ‘The Co-ordinates of identity in Amazonia: At Play in the Fields of Culture’. Critique of Anthropology, 17(1), pp. 33-51. ISSN 0308-275X
Sounds like a vintage guitar: a documentary about old guitars
Nugent, Stephen. 2012. Sounds like a vintage guitar: a documentary about old guitars.
Waila: the Music of the Tohono O'odham featuring Gertie Lopez and the TO Boyz
Nugent, Stephen. 2009. Waila: the Music of the Tohono O'odham featuring Gertie Lopez and the TO Boyz.
Where’s the Rabbi? Jewish Communities of the Lower Amazon (ethnographic film)
Nugent, Stephen. 2001. Where’s the Rabbi? Jewish Communities of the Lower Amazon (ethnographic film).