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Materiality of Rubber: An Emerging Past from the Brazilian Amazon that Entangled the World

Article de Tiago Muniz publié dans la revue International Journal of Historical Archaeology.

Résumé : This article analyzes the history of the natural rubber industry in the Brazilian Amazon, including the colonialist involvement of the British Empire and the industrial heritage of rubber. It provides an overview of the natural rubber species, tapping and extraction systems, and the establishment of rubber plantations that entangled and modernized the world. The present article considers the role of actants and entanglements between human and non-human agencies in the forest as coproducers of knowledge and resistance. In conclusion, the wide variety of works and approaches on the archaeology of rubber and its industrial heritage is presented and offers perspectives for new debates.

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