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Cassava : interconnected biological and socialcultural processes in the Upper Juruá River, Acre

Roberta Rizzi
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Bela Feldman-Bianco; Pedro Castelo Branco Silveira
Advisor: Mauro William Barbosa de Almeida

This is a study on cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz.) and on its main use in the Upper Jurua River (Brazil): the farinha de mandioca, or cassava flour. The farinha de mandioca is the main dietary item of the non-indigenous population in the upper Juruá. The study is based on ethnobotanical and ethnographic research carried out in Cruzeiro do Sul and in the Upper Jurua Extractive Reserve (in State of Acre), as well as on bibliographic research and by visual techniques. Manioc is grown all over Brazil and in several areas across the world, and is represented by a great number of varieties. It is one of the most important accesses to an understanding of the relationships between people and the environment in the areas under study. There are however here logics at work in the farinha universe in the two areas: (1) in the regime of circulation of farinha (as a commodity in Cruzeiro do Sul, and as part of the domestic economy and of the reciprocity network among neighbors in the Reserve); (2) in its technology (there are distinct processes of production, different tools and different farinha houses; (3) in tastes and preferences for different styles of farinha; (4) and in the varieties of cassava planted and consumed. The use of distinct perspectives -- ethnobotanical, anthropological and visual -- may also contribute to a possible dialogue between these approaches (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/06132-5 - Manihot - a gift of God: interconnected biological ánd socialcultural processes
Grantee:Roberta Rizzi
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master