The Domestic Economy in Mamirauá, Tefé, Amazonas State

Abstract

This article examines the economic practices of the residents of a conservation unit in Amazonia, the Mamirauá Reserve, where the model of ‘Sustainable Development Reserve’ was created. The characteristics of the domestic economy are presented first in terms of the consumptive orientation of households and the horizontal model of kinship based communities. Consumption patterns and exchange conditions are central in defining production choices, also affected by the strong seasonal variations of the Amazonian floodplain. The consumption orientation of Mamirauá’s domestic economy is shown to be instrumental to the environmentalists’ proposition of involving residents in a sustainable model of resource management. The second part of the article develops a quantitative analysis of patterns of income and commodity consumption as a baseline for monitoring market participation and the effects of ecological management on the residents' life conditions.

Keywords

Kinship Economy Production Consumption Commodity Money Land Floodplain Terra firme 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyFederal University of Minas GeraisPampulha, Belo HorizonteBrazil

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