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KELLY, José Antonio. Notas para uma teoria do "virar branco". Mana [online]. 2005, vol.11, n.1, pp. 201-234. ISSN 0104-9313.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-93132005000100007.

This article describes and analyses various aspects of the transformation occurring among the Yanomami in Venezuela, a product of their increasing exchanges with national society and in particular the medical system. The article looks to show how many aspects of Yanomami contemporary and modern life can only be understood by employing concepts from Amazonian anthropology, such as 'potential affinity,' developed in more traditional contexts. By exploring the nature of contemporary sociopolitical space and how the interaction between Whites and Yanomami sustains this space, making explicit the very indigenous ways of being and living that persist through transformation and exchange with Whites, the article tackles issues which may be useful in the analysis of ethnic contact situations in other parts of Amazonia and involving different national state agents.

Keywords : Yanomami; Amazonia; Historical Change; Amazonian Anthropological Theory; Indian-White relations.

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