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Dr Amy Penfield

Dr Amy Penfield

Dr Amy Penfield
PhD, BSc

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6072

Research summary

My research explores economic subjectivities in lowland South America, specifically how broader economic forms interweave with personhood, morality, sociality and religion in daily life.

My doctoral research looked at how the Sanema of Venezuelan Amazonia understood subject formation and ethical personhood within complex patchworks of overlapping economies, including an oil economy, a socialist revolution, an informal gold mine, and the animist cosmos. 

Since completing my PhD, I have continued to explore different forms of economic livelihoods in Amazonia – both indigenous and non-indigenous – through a Marie Curie post-doctoral project entitled ‘Wildcat Economics’ which explores small-scale gold mining in forested regions ...

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