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  • Saltwater Socialityby Katharina Schneider

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 34.95

    The inhabitants of Pororan Island, a small group of 'saltwater people' in Papua New Guinea, are intensely interested in the movements of persons across the island and across the sea, both in their everyday lives as fishing people and on ritual occasions. From their observations of human movements, they take their cues about the current state of... more...

  • Disassembling and Decolonizing School in the Pacificby David W. Kupferman

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 129.00

    Offering a counter-discourse to the accepted liberal metanarrative of schooling in Micronesia, this volume argues that across the Pacific region, American-developed school systems are today non-neutral cultural players with quasi-colonialist credentials. more...

  • Becoming ? An Anthropological Approach to Understandings of the Person in Javaby Konstantinos Retsikas

    Anthem Press 2012; US$ 99.00

    The volume is an ethnographic monograph centring on the island of Java that also makes a singular contribution to the anthropological theorising of the person. more...

  • Warrigal's Wayby Warrigal Anderson

    University of Queensland Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Autobiography of Warrigal Anderson, an aborigine who runs away from the Department he thinks is coming to get him in Moonee Ponds and hops a train he thinks will take him to Swan Hill. Instead he finds himself travelling around Australia through Brisbane and Broome to NZ returning to Melbourne via Sydney. It describes his life and adventures along... more...

  • The Mind of a Thiefby Patti Miller

    University of Queensland Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Exploring the history of the Wiradjuri people, the conflict of colonization, their mythologies, and their attachment to the land, author Patti Miller reveals both her own story and the position of Aboriginal people in today?s society in this fascinating memoir. For 40,000 years, the Central New South Wales area of Wellington was Aboriginal Wiradjuri... more...

  • Performing Place, Practising Memoriesby Rosita Henry

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 34.95

    During the 1970s a wave of 'counter-culture' people moved into rural communities in many parts of Australia. This study focuses in particular on the town of Kuranda in North Queensland and the relationship between the settlers and the local Aboriginal population, concentrating on a number of linked social dramas that portrayed the use of both public... more...

  • Alice Springsby Eleanor Hogan

    University of New South Wales Press 2013; US$ 16.99

    A personal, evocative, and unflinching account, this book reveals the texture of everyday life in Alice Springs, Australia, through the passage of the local seasons. Alice Springs, the most talked about yet least familiar place in Australia, is isolated and has extreme seasonal weather: searingly hot and bitterly cold. It is the heart of black Australia... more...

  • Feeding Desireby Rebecca Popenoe

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 48.95

    While the Western world adheres to a beauty ideal that says women can never be too thin, the semi-nomadic Moors of the Sahara desert have for centuries cherished a feminine ideal of extreme fatness. Voluptuous immobility is thought to beautify girls' bodies, hasten the onset of puberty, heighten their sexuality and ripen them for marriage. From the... more...

  • Wind Over Waterby David W. Haines; Keiko Yamanaka; Shinji Yamashita

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 34.95

    List of Tables List of Figures Preface Acknowledgments Introduction David Haines, Shinji Yamashita, and J. S. Eades  Part I:  Migrants, States, and Cities Chapter 1.  Human Trade in Colonial Vietnam Nicolas Lainez Chapter 2. Wind through the Woods: Ethnography of Interfaces between Migration and Institutions... more...

  • Modalities of Changeby James Wilkerson; Robert Parkin

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 120.00

    While in some cases modernity may dominate 'traditional' forms of expression, in others, the modern is embraced as a welcome source of new ideas that can modify 'tradition' while still keeping it within its own bounds. Maintaining a strong and distinct cultural identity with the help of modernity helps representatives of that identity cope with... more...