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Department of Anthropology
Goldsmiths, University of London
I studied at Reed and at the London School of Economics. My research in Brazil has focused mainly on Amazonian societies, especially mestiço peasants of the Lower Amazon. I founded and continue to convene the MA in Visual Anthropology and edit the journal Critique of Anthropology.
Professor Stephen Nugent convenes the MA Visual Anthropology
He teaches the following courses:
Current MPhil/PhD students supervised:
I studied at Reed and at the London School of Economics and before coming to Goldsmiths taught at UCL. My research in Brazil, in the Lower Amazon, has mainly focused on aspects of peasant economy and particularly historical peasant societies transformed by the ‘national integration’ policies associated with the construction of the Transamazon Highway. Publications based on my work in Amazonia include Big Mouth: the Amazon Speaks (1990), Amazonian Caboclo Society (1994), Some Other Amazonians: Perspectives on Modern Amazonia (2004 – co-edited with Mark Harris), and Scoping the Amazon: Image Icon Ethnography (2007). A documentary film about musicians of the Sonora Desert (Waila: the Music of the Tohono O’odham) was released in 2009 and Faux Vintage: a Social History of the Electric Guitar has just been completed. I have taught a range of courses in the Department, but currently I am mainly responsible for theory and practice aspects of the MA in Visual Anthropology. I am co-editor of the journal Critique of Anthropology.
Scoping the Amazon: image, icon, ethnography, to be published 1 February by Berg
'Some reflections on anthropological structural Marxism', in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13(2), June 2007
Some Other Amazonians: Perspectives on Modern Amazonia (edited with Mark Harris), 2004.
‘Ecologism as an idiom in Amazonian Anthropology’ in D. Anderson and E. Berglund (eds) Ethnographies of Conservation: Environmentalism and the Distibution of Privilege, 2003.
‘ “Clubbed to death”: anthropology, the Yanomami, Science and Ethics’ in P. Caplan (ed.) The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas. London: Routledge. 2003
‘Whither o campesinato? Historical peasantries of Brazilian Amazonia', The Journal of Peasant Studies 29:3/4 2002.
Elite Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives. S. Nugent and C. Shore (eds), 2002.
Where’s the Rabbi? Jewish Communities of the Lower Amazon (ethnographic film), 2001.
Amazonian Caboclo Society: An Essay on Invisibility and Peasant Economy, 1993.
‘ Anthropology, Science, Culture: ‘he Yanomai Science Ethics’, in Anthropology Today. June 2001.
‘Good Risk, Bad Risk: Reflexive Modernisation and Amazonia’, in Risk Revisited. pp 226-248. Pat Caplan (ed). Pluto Press: London. 2000
‘ Where’s the Rabbi? Jewish Communities in the Lower Amazon’ , an ethnographic film. 2000
‘ Verging on the Marginal: Modern Amazonian Peasantries, in Lilies of the Field: Marginal People who Live for the Moment: Studies in the Ethnographic Imagination. pp 179-195. S Day, M Stewart & E Papataxiarchis (eds) Westview Press: Oxford. 1999
‘ The Co-ordinates of identity in Amazonia: At Play in the Fields of Culture’, in Critique of Anthropology. 17(1): 33-51. 1997
‘ Amazonian Indians and Peasants: Coping in the Age of Development’, in Green Guerrillas. Latin American Books: London. 1996
Big Mouth: The Amazon Speaks. Brown Trout Press: San Francisco. 1994
Amazonian Caboclo Society: An Essay in Invisibility and Peasant Economy. Berg: Oxford. 1993
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