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Monte D. Talley

Doctoral candidate

Monte (Hendrickson) Talley is a PhD candidate specializing in cultural/medical anthropology.  She has a Master’s degree in Sociology, and has conducted research on childhood and child labor in the Brazilian Amazon since 2003.  Her Master’s thesis analyzed folk concepts of childhood and child labor, situating these in the local social and economic history of the Amazon town of Gurupá, made famous by Charles Wagley’s 1953 ethnographic study, Amazon Town: A Study of Man in the Tropics.  She has also worked in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil examining the relationship between ideological belief structures and the value of scientific models when applied to the environment.  Monte has taught anthropology courses as at Sewanee: The University of the South, Watkins College of Art, Film, and Design, and currently teaches a Medicine, Health, & Society course for Vanderbilt’s Programs for Talented Youth.  Her dissertation, The Paradox of Ethical Consumption: Childhood, Child Labor, and Sustainable Açaí Extraction in the Brazilian Amazon, is based in the communities of Gurupá and Curralinho, Pará, Brazil.  It examines the moral and political economies of child labor, health, and education in relation to the global commodity boom of açaí (an Amazonian purple palm fruit). The National Science Foundation and Vanderbilt Graduate School generously funded her research, and was supported by the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi in Belém, Pará.