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Collected ethnographies

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 54.95

    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...

  • 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...

  • Japan and National Anthropology: A Critiqueby Sonia Ryang

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    Japan and National Anthropology: A Critique is an empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated study which challenges the conventional view of Japanese studies in general and the Anglophone anthropological writings on Japan in particular. Sonia Ryang explores the process by which the postwar anthropology of Japan has come to be dominated by certain... more...

  • Islam, Law, and Equality in Indonesiaby John R. Bowen

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 44.00

    This 2003 book looks at how Muslims in Indonesia struggle to reconcile radically different sets of social norms and laws. more...

  • The Age of Wild Ghostsby Erik Mueggler

    University of California Press 2001; US$ 15.95

    In Erik Mueggler's powerful and imaginative ethnography, a rural minority community in the mountains of Southwest China struggles to find its place at the end of a century of violence and at the margins of a nation-state. Here, people describe the present age, beginning with the Great Leap Famine of 1958-1960 and continuing through the 1990s, as "the... more...

  • In One's Own Shadowby Xin Liu

    University of California Press 2000; US$ 15.95

    China underwent a dramatic social transformation in the last decade of the twentieth century. This powerful ethnographic study of one community focuses on the logic of everyday practice in post-reform rural China. Enriched with many vivid anecdotes describing life in the village of Zhaojiahe in northwestern China, In One's Own Shadow skillfully analyzes... more...