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- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95
Tavistock Press was established as a co-operative venture between the Tavistock Institute and Routledge & Kegan Paul (RKP) in the 1950s to produce a series of major contributions across the social sciences. This volume is part of a 2001 reissue of a selection of those important works which have since gone out of print, or are difficult to locate.... more...
- Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 34.95
In 1994, the Pacific island village of Matupit was partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption. This study focuses on the subsequent reconstruction and contests over the morality of exchanges that are generative of new forms of social stratification. Such new dynamics of stratification are central to contemporary processes of globalization in the Pacific,... more...
- Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 34.95
In the late-nineteenth century, British travelers to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands compiled wide-ranging collections of material culture for scientific instruction and personal satisfaction. Colonial Collecting and Display follows the compelling history of a particular set of such objects, tracing their physical and conceptual transformation from... more...
- Charles C Thomas 1986; US$ 15.95
Introduction: Sensing and Recording Human Uniqueness; Identification Through Recognition; Bertillonage: An Achievement and a Dead End; Fingerprinting; Palmprints, Soleprints, Lip Prints, Ear Identification; Handwriting, Voiceprinting, Dentition. Appendices, Bibliography, Glossary. more...
- Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99
Tokelau: A Historical Ethnography is the outcome of over two decades of intensive and wide-ranging research in and about the three tiny Polynesian atolls of Tokelau. It is both a comparative ethnographic study of the islands, and a narrative record of their past. The ethnographic study is set in the years around 1970. The combined stories of the atolls'... more...
- Berghahn Books 2014; US$ 95.00
The Pacific region presents a huge diversity of cultural forms, which have fuelled some of the most challenging ethnographic work undertaken in the discipline. But this challenge has come at a cost. Culture, often reconfigured as 'custom', has often served to trap the people of the Pacific in the past of cultural reproduction, where everything is... more...
- University of Chicago Press 2013; US$ 90.00
The collapse of socialism at the end of the twentieth century brought devastating changes to Mongolia. Economic shock therapy?an immediate liberalization of trade and privatization of publicly owned assets?quickly led to impoverishment, especially in rural parts of the country, where Tragic Spirits takes place. Following the travels of the nomadic... more...
- Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 34.99
Jean Godefroy Bidima?s La Palabre examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue and open exchange in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy. In the wake of South Africa?s Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the gacaca courts in Rwanda, Bidima offers a compelling model of how to develop an African... more...
- University of California Press 2014; US$ 29.95
In the 1970s, one of the most torrid and forbidding regions in the world burst on to the international stage. The discovery and subsequent exploitation of oil allowed tribal rulers of the U.A.E, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait to dream big. How could fishermen, pearl divers and pastoral nomads catch up with the rest of the modernized world? Even today,... more...
- Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 34.95
In many parts of the world the "white man" is perceived to be an instigator of globalization and an embodiment of modernity. However, so far anthropologists have paid little attention to the actual heterogeneity and complexity of "whiteness" in specific ethnographic contexts. This study examines cultural perceptions of other and self as expressed... more...