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Collected ethnographies

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  • First Peoplesby Jeffrey Sissons

    Reaktion Books 2005; US$ 23.95

    First Peoples explores how, instead of being absorbed into a homogeneous modernity, indigenous cultures are actively shaping alternative futures for themselves and appropriating global resources for their own culturally specific needs. more...

  • The City at Its Limitsby Daniella Gandolfo

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 22.00

    In 1996, against the backdrop of Alberto Fujimori?s increasingly corrupt national politics, an older woman in Lima, Peru?part of a group of women street sweepers protesting the privatization of the city?s cleaning services?stripped to the waist in full view of the crowd that surrounded her. Lima had just launched a campaign to revitalize its historic... more...

  • In the Time of Oilby Mandana Limbert

    Stanford University Press 2010; US$ 25.95

    This compelling historical ethnography explores how people in Bahla, an oasis town in the interior of Oman, experienced dramatic transformation in their lives following the discovery of oil in the late 1960s, and now grapple with the prospect of this resource's future depletion. more...

  • The Origins of Indigenismby Ronald Niezen

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 15.95

    "International indigenism" may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it is indeed a global phenomenon and a growing form of activism. In his fluent and accessible narrative, Ronald Niezen examines the ways the relatively recent emergence of an internationally recognized identity?"indigenous peoples"?intersects with another relatively recent international... more...

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Beautifulby Barry Hallen

    Indiana University Press 2000; US$ 14.35

    The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture Barry Hallen Reveals everyday language as the key to understanding morals and ethics in Yoruba culture. "This contrasts with any suggestion that in Yoruba or, more generally, African society, moral thinking... more...

  • Place and Spirit in Taiwanby Alessandro Dell'Orto

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 48.95

    Based on field-work in Taiwan, this book examines the ancient, indigenous religious cult of Tudi Gong both as a religio-social phenomenon and as an appropriate medium for exploring and analysing the social changes that have been occurring in contemporary Taiwan, and the people's strategic adaptations to these changes. In this comprehensive ethnography... more...

  • Kayapó Ethnoecology and Cultureby Darrell A. Posey; Kristina Plenderleith

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 155.00

    Darrell A Posey died in March 2001 after a long and distinguished career in anthropology and ecology. Kayapó Ethnoecology and Culture presents a selection of his writings that result from 25 years of work with the Kayapó Indians of the Amazon Basin. These writings describe the dispersal of the Kayapó sub-groups and explain how with this diaspora... more...

  • African Voices, African Livesby Pat Caplan

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 49.95

    African Voices, African Lives explores the world of 'Mohammed', a swahili peasant living on Mafia Island, Tanzania. Through his own words - some written, some spoken - and those of his relatives, including his ex-wife and one of his daughters, he enables us to see the world through his eyes, including the invisisble world of spirits which plays a... more...

  • The Culture of Copying in Japanby Rupert Cox

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 54.95

    This book challenges the perception of Japan as a ?copying culture? through a series of detailed ethnographic and historical case studies. It addresses a question about why the West has had such a fascination for the adeptness with which the Japanese apparently assimilate all things foreign and at the same time such a fear of their skill at artificially... more...

  • Decolonising Indigenous Rightsby Adolfo de Oliveira

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 54.95

    Covering a wide range of issues relating to the topic, this book examines the experiences and perceptions of indigenous peoples in the context of the national states and political systems that have been externally imposed and implemented upon them. Fascinating and incisive, the text discusses a range of areas such as: indigenous territories... more...