My interests center on the way changes in environment, social relations and minds occurs and how these are understood and described by social actors in ways that feed back into a matrix of biophysical and meaningful causality. Within this broad framework, I have published research on gender relations, ritual, and social movements. My book, Rain Forest Exchanges, on the extractive industries and the indigenous Xikrin-Kayapo of the Brazilian Amazon has been used in university courses on indigenous peoples, economic anthropology, and development. Currently, I am engaged in a project to study the spread of industrial agriculture on the Amazonian frontier, with an emphasis on soybean production for the world market.
PhD Cornell 1991