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Changing houses: Architectural transformations in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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  • Victor Sacha Cova
This chapter argues that structuralism and Marxism are better equipped to provide an account of architectural change in an Amazonia that is increasingly subsumed within capitalist processes. It compares the trajectory of indigenous Shuar architecture with that of hispano-descendant Macabeo settlers in the Morona-Santiago Province of Ecuador and their mutual transformation of each other. The chapter argues that alliance determines these trajectories up to the point where wage-labour becomes the new determining social relation. The architectural transformations are immanent to the societies where they take place but occur as a function or their transforming relation to outsiders
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTime and Its Object : A Perspective from Amerindian and Melanesian Societies on the Temporality of Images
Place of publicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Publication year2021
Pages151-170
ISBN (print)9780367260354
ISBN (Electronic)9781003158806
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Anthropology

    Research areas

  • architecture, Structuralism, Bourdieu, Amazonia, Marxism

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